Writing Tips and Writerly Musings

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

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    How Change Can Be a Good Thing – In Life and In Writing

    April 12th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  4 mins 38 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Last time I moved houses, I talked about how sometimes -- change is exactly what you need -- both in your own life and in your writing.

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    4 Ways Querying Is Like a Religion

    April 5th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  7 mins 22 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Querying can almost be like a religion. You've got: the common tenents, the different sects, the proper rituals, and the heretics.

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    Will You Read My First Chapter? A Rant

    March 29th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  6 mins 12 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    I love being supportive and encouraging of my fellow authors, but sometimes, I've just got to rant. And one thing that makes me rant is being asked to read a first chapter.

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    A Starter’s Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To “Establish A Social Media Presence” Part 6: YouTube & Other Videos

    March 22nd, 2021  |  Season 2  |  14 mins 36 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, social media, writers, writing, writing tips

    Since I recorded this episode, I've gotten active in the online #AuthorTube community. For readers, there's the #booktube community. And all the things you can stream to youtube, also work on Twitch and more!

    But I still follow ALL these tips.

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    A Starter’s Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To “Establish A Social Media Presence” Part 5: Tumblr & Reddit (The “Dark” Side)

    March 15th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  9 mins 47 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, social media, writers, writing, writing tips

    While tumblr has dropped a lot in popularity since this episode was first recorded, there are still a lot of good reasons to use both Tumblr AND Reddit.

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    A Starter’s Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To “Establish A Social Media Presence” Part 4: Instagram & Pinterest

    March 8th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  12 mins 23 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, social media, writers, writing, writing tips

    The visual side of social media! You don't have to take photos for this either, resharing content is fine (assuming you're not breaking copyright) I've got a lot more tips and tricks, though.

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    A Starter’s Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To “Establish A Social Media Presence” Part 3: Facebook, Twitter, and Hashtags

    March 1st, 2021  |  Season 2  |  21 mins 12 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, social media, writers, writing, writing tips

    Today I'm talking about ways to establish your presence and best practice guides fro using Facebook, Twitter, and hashtags. (which I use ironically and wrong ALL the time.)

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    A Starter's Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To "Establish A Social Media Presence": Part 2/6

    February 22nd, 2021  |  Season 2  |  13 mins 24 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, social media, writers, writing, writing tips

    If you want to be a writer, the ubiquitous “they” tell you that you need to “Establish a Social Media Presence”, but so much of the advice out there is aimed at Non-fiction writers.

    Non-fiction writers sell books based on establishing their expertise in a particular area.

    Fiction writers? We sell books based on the story, the writing, and word-of-mouth.

    So how do we make social media work for us?

    In Part 2 - I talk about setting up a website and the decision to blog.

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    A Starter's Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To "Establish A Social Media Presence": Part 1/6

    February 15th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  13 mins 32 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, social media, writers, writing, writing tips

    If you want to be a writer, the ubiquitous “they” tell you that you need to “Establish a Social Media Presence”, but so much of the advice out there is aimed at Non-fiction writers.

    Non-fiction writers sell books based on establishing their expertise in a particular area.

    Fiction writers? We sell books based on the story, the writing, and word-of-mouth.

    So how do we make social media work for us?

    In Part 1 - I talk about my personal approach to establishing a 'brand'

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    Why You Should Consider An Agent If You're Hoping To Be Traditionally Published

    February 8th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  11 mins 50 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    You can only spend so long revising and editing a novel. Somewhere between revision 3 and revision 12, you’re probably going to be done with your book. But now what?

    If you want to get your novel traditionally published, you’re gonna need to query some agents. But why?

    In today's episode, I'm answering your burning questions: What are your publishing options? What are the benefits of having an agent? Where do you find an agent? And more!

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    Fix Your Rough Draft In 30 Minutes Or Less!

    February 1st, 2021  |  Season 2  |  6 mins 15 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Getting a rough draft out on paper is a monumental achievement... but then? You've got to polish it. By using this trick, you'll be all set to have a clear plan to fix that rough draft in about 30 minutes.

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    Welcome to Writing Tips and Writerly Musings -- Season Two!

    January 25th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  42 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    I'll be back next week with more writing tips and writerly musings. Plus, a little more.

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    Morgan's 2021 Resolutions

    January 22nd, 2021  |  Season 1  |  14 mins 43 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, resolutions, writers, writing, writing tips

    Last year was a year of querying/submitting, revisions, reading, and networking.

    This year? The goal is publication! Yet again, I need to refocus on what will get me there.

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    3 Things To Consider... BEFORE 'Fixing' Your Manuscript

    January 18th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  7 mins 4 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, editing, querying, writers, writing, writing tips

    How Do You Please Everyone With Your Writing? Spoiler Alert: You can’t.

    In the query trenches, you see agents posting about what they don’t want and there’s this knee-jerk reaction, when I recognize a trope from my writing in their ‘no thank you’ list. The feeling of, “Oh! I can fix it! And then you’ll love it!” Especially when you see so much of your story in their ‘please send me’ list. But, before you do, listen to this episode where I discuss 3 reasons NOT to 'fix' your manuscript.

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    5 Ways To Use The Moon As World-Building Inspiration

    January 11th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 44 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, world-building, writers, writing, writing tips

    When you look at our history books and the artifacts that exist from prehistory, there’s a definite trend. Humanity has always looked upwards. From Stonehenge to the Pyramids in Maya and Egypt and elsewhere, to China’s Puyang Tomb and its mosaic of constellations, the moon and stars have always inspired us. In this episode, I discuss 5 aspects of world building the moon can influence.

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    Morgan's 2020 Retrospective

    January 8th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 52 secs
    books, critique, goals, resolutions, retrospective, writers, writing, writing tips

    I had a lot of SMART goals set for 2020. Let's see how I did with my writing resolutions, check my top viewed content on all my different sources, and -- for my own sake -- talk numbers and stats for my social media. While not strictly writing related, a writer's platform can be pretty useful.