Writing Tips and Writerly Musings

with Morgan Hazelwood

About the show

Welcome!

If you want to hear writing tips from the big names, the medium names, and everyone else, look no further.

As a blogger, vlogger, and unpublished fantasy author, I am addicted to attending all the writing panels a person could possibly attend at a convention. We're talking attending upwards of 25 hours of panels in 3 days.

Fortunately for you? I love sharing my copious notes.

But, I also get real. I share my struggles, my failures, and... hopefully, my writing successes.

Thanks for listening.

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Episodes

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    3 Techniques for Fixing Your Pacing

    August 16th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  5 mins 23 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    There’s a writing skill that many novelists struggle with. It’s something that read-a-chapter-a-month critique groups often miss: Pacing.

    We all know that you need to start off with an inciting incident — at least by the end of the first chapter. But after there, it can get a bit fuzzy.

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    7 Tips for Writing Better Villains

    August 9th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  6 mins 21 secs
    beta-reading, books, villains, writers, writing, writing tips

    There is a difference between an antagonist and a villain. Your story doesn’t need a villain. However, if you’re going to have one, you should have a memorable one

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    3 Tips For Deciding What Point-Of-View To Use

    August 2nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  6 mins 50 secs
    beta-reading, books, writers, writing, writing tips

    Picking a POV can be tricky. The three main things you need to consider are:

    1. What are you most comfortable with?
    2. What are the genre expectations? and
    3. What feels right for the story?
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    Welcome To Writing Tips and Writerly Musings -- Season Three!

    July 12th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  44 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

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

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    Writer’s Block – Intimidated By The Blank Page

    July 5th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  6 mins 41 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writers block, writing, writing tips

    I never thought it would happen to me. I was arrogant and short-sighted.
    I thought writer’s block was censoring out bad writing (you know, like rough drafts), an inability to apply butt-to-seat, or thinking you’re going in the wrong direction but not knowing the right one.
    I didn’t think the blank page could scare me until I decided it was time for me to try something new.
    Now? I understand.

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    5 Writing Tips for Making Fantasy Feel ‘Real’

    June 28th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  5 mins 41 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    No matter if your fantasy world is a shifted version of our reality or something totally alien, no matter if you're a planner or a pantser, these tips should work for you.

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    Agents and Editors Share–Pitches We’re Sick Of!

    June 21st, 2021  |  Season 2  |  14 mins 50 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, query tips, querying, writers, writing, writing tips

    Different agents and editors want different things. Take these answers with a grain of salt, because, as we all know, if you do it well enough, they'll throw their own guidelines out.

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    What Good Is An Agent? Answers From Writers.

    June 14th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  12 mins 16 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, query tips, querying, writers, writing, writing tips

    with all the risks, why would I want a literary agent?

    Well, at Balticon 52, I got to hear a variety of perspectives from published authors who’ve had every sort of agent possible. Here are the stories of Leah Cypess, Keith RA DeCandido, CS Friedman, Tee Morris, and their hunt for a quality agent.

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    Top 4 Questions From An Editors & Publishers AMA (Ask Me Anything)

    June 7th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  8 mins 16 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    I don't know about you, but these are all things I always want to know:

    1. What is Your Biggest Pet Peeve?
    2. Should A Writer Use Different Names For Different Genres?
    3. How Has The Market Changed In The Last Ten Years? and
    4. Where Do Querying Writers Lose You?
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    Reading Your Own Work

    May 31st, 2021  |  Season 2  |  7 mins 26 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    If you get the opportunity to read your own work, here are some tips on how to get ready.

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    Tips For Sustaining Tension In Your Writing

    May 24th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  7 mins 40 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    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
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    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
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    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
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    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
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    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.