Writing Tips and Writerly Musings

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

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    Advancing Your Story... Without Traumatizing Your Characters (or Readers)

    May 23rd, 2022  |  Season 4  |  14 mins 52 secs
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    You know stories need stakes. You know you need to get your readers to care. So? You try to make the stakes big enough and scary enough to drive the story forward. But you don’t HAVE to traumatize characters — or readers — to advance your story.

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    Pitching Agents -- And Readers

    May 16th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  7 mins 54 secs
    books, writers, writing, writing tips

    I talk a lot about pitching agents via the query process, but that’s not the only way to pitch. There are verbal pitches to agents. And? There’s the pitching you need to do to the READERS!

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    Dynamic Voice Acting

    May 9th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  10 mins 26 secs
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    If you find yourself behind the microphone, sharing a story of your own, be prepared to pull in your audience with Dynamic Voice Acting.

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    "But I'm Not A YA Writer": Gender Biases In The Book World

    May 2nd, 2022  |  Season 4  |  11 mins 21 secs
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    Women writers of speculative fiction are often getting shelved with the YA books -- even when they're clearly not intended for teens. Unfortunately, getting misclassified has dire consequences for the novel. How is this happening and how can we stop this trend?

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    Writing Motivation For Doomsday Cults

    April 25th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  7 mins 55 secs
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    Doomsday cults have been around for a long time, probably since the dawn of civilization. Writers and readers alike have found them endlessly fascinating. But, what motivates someone to start a doomsday cult? And why do people join?

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    CSI: Fantasy Edition

    April 18th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  7 mins 26 secs
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    When you're writing a story, there's usually SOMETHING the main character doesn't know and has to figure out. Sometimes, it's what someone else is thinking. It could be, where to find the McGuffin? But often? There's a whole mystery to solve! With a body growing cold.

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    Logistics and Tactics: Writing Military Campaigns

    April 11th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  8 mins 50 secs
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    Most writers end up writing fight scenes -- be they verbal or physical. But some writers, especially if they're writing historical novels, epic fantasy, or military fiction are going to be in the fight for the long haul. They're going to writing a Military Campaign. Here are mistakes to avoid.

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    Yes, You Can Be a Writer, Even WITHOUT A Visual Imagination

    April 4th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  5 mins 8 secs
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    Not everyone has a visual imagination. While some of you are out there taking dictation from the movies in your heads. That's not how it works for me.

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    Dealing the With Emotional Roller Coaster That Is Writing

    March 28th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  10 mins 33 secs
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    Being a writer requires: 1. Resilience, 2. Persistence, and 3. Perseverance. How do you handle setbacks?

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    Making Endings Ring True

    March 21st, 2022  |  Season 4  |  6 mins 59 secs
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    One of the hardest things to do as a writer is to make the ending work for your readers. To tie everything together, in a way that the readers feel satisfied.

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    Don't Give Away Your Writing Time

    March 14th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  6 mins 35 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, time, writers, writing, writing tips

    Our lives are busy, but it can be all too easy to blink and realize you've wasted your writing time. Here's a reminder for those of you who want to make your writing a priority.

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    Finding My Way Out Of The Eternal Revision Round About

    March 7th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  5 mins 42 secs
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    The problem with being a writer is we can always edit and revise and change and improve things. How do we know it's time to stop?

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    What You Have To Give Up When Writing

    February 28th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  6 mins 42 secs
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    I'm not Catholic, but as the season of Lent comes upon us, here are things I'm trying to give up -- for my writing. What do you need to give up?

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    6 Things I’ve Learned By Attending Book Launches

    February 21st, 2022  |  Season 4  |  8 mins 57 secs
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    I've attended a few book launches in my day. Here are things I like, things that seem to work, and a few things I'm not a fan of.

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    The 5 Stages of Grief -- I mean Feedback

    February 14th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  3 mins 45 secs
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    Dealing with feedback has a lot in common with the stages of grief. And just like grief? You don't necessarily progress in order.

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    Finding the Right Writing Mentor

    February 7th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  16 mins 14 secs
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    As you grow yourself as a writer, it always helps to have someone ahead of you in the process that can guide you and understand your worries and fear. Here are some tips for vetting these mentors and making sure you're working with someone who is a good fit.