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 actively querying fantasy author, I am addicted to attending all the writing panels a person could possibly attend at a convention. We're talking about 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 writerly musings: my struggles, my failures, and... hopefully, my writing successes.

Thanks for listening.

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Episodes

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    The 5 Stages of Grief -- I mean Feedback

    February 14th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  3 mins 45 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

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

    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.

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    My Technique For Managing Multiple Muses

    January 31st, 2022  |  Season 4  |  7 mins 7 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    What do you write when you've got multiple stories pulling you in different directions?

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    Morgan's 5 Biggest Fears When Facing Feedback

    January 24th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  6 mins 23 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, feedback, writers, writing, writing tips

    If you put your work out there, you're going to get feedback -- whether it's friends, beta-readers, or people who purchased your book. And that feedback can be scary. Here are my top 5 fears when receiving feedback.

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    If Your Writing Isn't 3D, Layer It!

    January 17th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  7 mins 11 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    When I write, I'm pretty focused on the characters and what's going on -- both plotwise and in their heads. That can leave my descriptions... lacking. But! That's okay, because you don't have to get everything in during your rough draft! You can layer in detail.

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    Morgan's 2022 Resolutions

    January 12th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  11 mins 9 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, goals, resolutions, writers, writing, writing tips

    While resolutions aren't for everyone, I think they work for me. Here are my plans for 2022.

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    How I Finally Gave In and Set Up My Own Newsletter

    January 10th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  22 mins 49 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Long story short -- I now have a P.O. Box with a street address, a MailChimp account, and this handy how-to guide for setting up Groups in MailChimp and starting Automated Emails (welcoming new users and weekly blog updates)

    For screenshot directions, check out the blog post at:
    https://morganhazelwood.com/2019/02/07/how-i-finally-gave-in-and-set-up-my-own-newsletter/

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    Morgan's 2021 Retrospective

    January 3rd, 2022  |  Season 4  |  23 mins 27 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips, year in review

    This year was a lot. I've got some big news, I achieved some of my goals, I failed others, and I have fun with charts.

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    When Writing: How Curiosity, Spirit, and Opportunity Combine To Expose Humanity

    December 20th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  11 mins 2 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, story, writers, writing, writing tips

    Exploring humanity's brighter side, as seen through the Mars rovers.

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    Show, Don't Tell: Readers Don't Need Stage Directions

    December 13th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  9 mins 21 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    What are 'stage directions', why you don't need them, and how to fix it.

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    The Reward For A Job Well Done...

    December 6th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  3 mins 12 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    I think we all know what that means.

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    Strength Isn't Just For The Strong

    November 29th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  9 mins 15 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Instead of my expected discussion of different types of strengths being compared to the default of physical strength, the panel these notes were based on veered into magical strength and stayed there.

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    5 Tips For Fighting Burnout: Learning Limits and Finding Gratitude

    November 22nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  10 mins 16 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips
    1. Recognize your limits
    2. Reassess Your Goals
    3. Recognize Your Needs
    4. Give Yourself Credit
    5. Practice Gratitude
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    Using Unsafe Places to Propel Your Characters Forward

    November 15th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  6 mins 57 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Places can be unsafe due to the environment itself, or because of the people in the place. Sometimes? Home is the unsafe place. And it can be unsafe because of external factors, or because of internal ones. And old age is a very unsafe place.

    When fate is against you, no place is safe.

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    Gender 401 (for the writer)

    November 8th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  8 mins 2 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    Explaining gender, ways genre fiction can improve, authors who don't do badly, and things we could see more of. [Aimed at a cis audience - challenging us to do better for those whose gender identities weren't just handed to them at birth]

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    Writing As Sanctuary

    November 1st, 2021  |  Season 3  |  12 mins 25 secs
    beta-reading, books, critique, writers, writing, writing tips

    A discussion exploring the motivations behind people’s writing and reoccurring themes in one's writing, either intentionally or unintentionally.