Writing Tips and Writerly Musings

Writing Tips and Writerly Musings

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 As a blogger, vlogger, and unpublished fantasy author, I am addicted to attending all the writing panels a person could possibly attend at a convention.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. Morgan Hazelwood

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September 27, 2021 9 min

Submitting short stories is a LOT different than querying a novel -- even if you're looking for so-called traditional publishing.

  • No query letters
  • Not like a picturebook query
  • Very few allow simultaneous submissions
  • The market varies wildly
  • 5. Reprints are fine! (most places)

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    The past couple of years, I’ve noticed a trend -- in myself. I’ve been wanting to stay home and not deal with going out. [Even BEFORE Covid]
    But wait, I thought I was an extrovert.

    My entire identity has fallen into crisis!

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    September 13, 2021 7 min

    Sometimes, when you’re stuck at some writing stage for too long, it can be hard to remember why you started this thing in the first place. So, here are the 10 things I love most about being a writer.

  • Exploring new worlds!
  • Meeting new characters!
  • Finding out what happens and why!
  • When you get that turn of phrase. Just. Right
  • Getting to read other writers' works early
  • Helping my friends fine-tune their writing
  • The terrifyig hope that ...
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    When writing, we all strive to bring our scenes to life, but it’s easy to forget a component. Scenes need action, setting, sensory descriptions, and emotional impact.

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    August 30, 2021 7 min

    I almost entitled this “Beta-Reading: For Fun and Profit” but… I don’t usually profit. At least not monetarily. Anyhow, here's my technique for beta-reading that seems to keep my writing friends coming back for more.

  • I can't skip line edits (easily)
  • I'll tell you when my eyes glaze over
  • I'll point out inconsitencies
  • I'll say when you break my suspension of disbelief
  • I'll applaud well-phrased sentences
  • 6. I'...

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    August 23, 2021 7 min

    If you’re a writer, at some point between you putting the words down and it going out to its intended audience, you’re probably going to solicit some feedback (and if you don’t, you probably should). But, once you get this feedback -- how should you use it?

  • Read the feedback (and apply Morgan's Rule Of Thirds)
  • Give yourself time to cool off
  • Analyse the feedback/fix the little things as you go
  • Make the edits
  • Reread and blend the ne...
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    August 16, 2021 5 min

    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.

    Techniques to try:
    1 - Beat Sheets
    2 - Varying sentence structure

    3 - Shuffling scenes

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    August 9, 2021 6 min

    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

  • Avoid Under-developed villains
  • If you must use a cliche, add a twist
  • Make sure your villain isn't underpowered
  • Villains have flaws
  • Villains don't have to be evil
  • The villain doesn't have to be there in person
  • 7. The villain can be representational

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

  • What are you most comfortable with?
  • What are the genre expectations? and
  • 3. What feels right for the story.\?

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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.

    Note: this was originally recorded in 2018, but the questions are perenial.

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

  • What is Your Biggest Pet Peeve?
  • Should A Writer Use Different Names For Different Genres?
  • How Has The Market Changed In The Last Ten Years? and
  • Where Do Querying Writers Lose You?
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    May 31, 2021 7 min

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

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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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    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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    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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    May 3, 2021 3 min

    A shout out to all the teachers who helped me become the person I am today.

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