Episode Archive

201 episodes of Writing Tips and Writerly Musings since the first episode, which aired on August 20th, 2020.

  • Incorporating Critique

    May 20th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  6 mins 8 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Someone’s read your work in progress… and they have feedback. How do you know what should be worked in, and how can you do it so that changes feel consistent with what you’ve written? How can you deal with conflicting suggestions? What’s the difference between constructive feedback and a reader’s personal preference?

  • Working with a 3 Act Structure

    May 13th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  7 mins 46 secs
    balticon, beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    The three-act structure has been the standard in Western storytelling for millenia. How can we create innovative, exciting work in a format the audience is expecting? How do we make the middle part powerful and lasting when most of the attention-grabbing moments are at the beginning and end?

  • Yes! That IS a Real Word

    May 6th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  3 mins 36 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Language exists to share a thought or concept. If you manage to do that? Congrats! You've used a REAL word. At least in my opinion.

  • Warning Signs for New & Independent Authors

    April 29th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  11 mins 6 secs
    balticon, beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    It’s a jungle out there for new writers. Do you know the difference between a real publisher and a vanity press? What kind of scams are currently circulating? What rights are you giving away when you sign that contract… or even enter that contest?

  • 7 Ways Writers Handle Rejection

    April 22nd, 2024  |  Season 8  |  5 mins 51 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    How do you deal with rejection?

  • 13 Types of Responses Writers Get When Querying Agents

    April 15th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  12 mins 35 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Otherwise known as "Tales from a form rejection letter connoisseur"

    How many of these have you gotten? Any I missed?

  • Picking a Point of View

    April 8th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  6 mins 18 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    When you're writing a story, you need to pick a point of view. (POV)
    First, second, or third? Close or omniscient? And whose story are you telling?

  • Drafting a Manuscript Using Voice-To-Text

    April 1st, 2024  |  Season 8  |  9 mins 38 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    When your words aren't flowing, sometimes that means you should mix things up. Have you tried using your phone and these 5 tips?

  • The 5 Components of a Query Letter

    March 25th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  13 mins 9 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, querying, writers, writing, writing tips

    Writing Query Letters seems intimidating, but it's just a business letter. Past the gimmicks and bios, here are the 5 things you really need.

  • 9 Terms All Querying Authors Should Know

    March 18th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  8 mins 44 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, querying, writers, writing, writing tips

    While many publishing terms are used to mean multiple things, these are a few basic concepts that the industry mostly agrees on.

  • 5 Songs to Query To

    March 11th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  5 mins 47 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    There are many emotional states that a querying author goes through. So, let’s explore a few of them through song.

  • Season 8: Trailer

    March 4th, 2024  |  Season 8  |  42 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    For season 8: I'm back with tips from the query trenches, when the writing gets hard, and craft advice from the pros!