Writing Tips and Writerly Musings

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

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    Tips For Sustaining Tension In Your Writing

    May 24th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  7 mins 40 secs
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    Last week, I talked about giving characters agency, but that’s not all editors and agents request. Another thing they ask for is ‘tension’. If the reader doesn’t have a reason to care what happens next, you’ve lost your tension.

    But! Tension doesn't always have to mean conflict!

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    Tips On Writing Characters With Agency

    May 17th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  7 mins 36 secs
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    One thing you hear about a lot when you start sending your manuscript out into the world is ‘agency’. Most agents (and publishers) are looking for characters who make things happen, not ones who merely react to the situation they’re stuck with.

    It's okay to start off with a character with minimal agency, but most readers want to see the characters come into their own.

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    How To Find An Agent For Your Novel

    May 10th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  13 mins 37 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, query tips, querying, writers, writing, writing tips

    Talking about where to find literary agents, ways to vet them, and a not-so-gentle reminder to Follow The Directions when querying them.

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    Teacher Appreciation Day

    May 3rd, 2021  |  Season 2  |  3 mins 31 secs
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    A shout out to all the teachers who helped me become the person I am today.

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    When Querying A Novel: Hope Can Be The Scariest Thing

    April 26th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  11 mins 4 secs
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    Remember me talking about how I was losing faith? Well.... having hope can be even scarier.

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    Writer Confessions: I've Lost Focus On My Writing

    April 19th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  9 mins 34 secs
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    There comes a time when one must look in the mirror and face accountability. We’re a third of the way through the year, my move turned into a two month ordeal, and I’ve gotten distracted from my writing by hunting page views on WAY too many social mediums. And? To be honest? I’m starting to lose faith that I’ll find my agent with this story.

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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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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!