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New Book, New Blog

My newest book, ‘How I Make A Living In Writing’ is out! As is a sneak peak at my next book, cleverly disguised as a blog entry: ‘Writing Excuse Number Umpteen: Writing Is Hard’

Come see what’s going on at Write-Hook.com!


WriteHook Gets His Ass Kicked

Even editors need editors (which means so do you). Read my latest blog at Write-Hook.com. Especially if you want to see me get my butt handed to me.

Writers … We love you. But you drive us nuts when you make simple mistakes. It makes editors work harder, and it makes you work harder because you have to rewrite stuff that is easy enough to get right in the first place. Join Scott Morgan on Thursday, July 19, at 9 p.m. EDT for my free 30-minute webinar on some things you can do to make the writing process smoother and more rewarding for all.

No registration required: Just Click This Link At Showtime

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Writer’s Block? Or Bad idea?

Writer’s block is bullshit. It doesn’t exist. And that’s not some corporate workshop positive thinking crap, it’s true, there’s no such thing. It’s just one of those things people believe in because they’ve been told about it so many times. Like Bigfoot or life on Mars.

That’s not to say that writers don’t get stuck sometimes. You can’t figure out where your character should go next, you’re not sure how to fix a big, fat plot hole. It happens.

But block? Bullshit. It’s no different than an electrician who can’t figure out where the problem with the line is. He’ll get it. He might have to open the walls or pull a thousand feet of cable first, but he’ll find the problem. And then he’ll fix the problem.

Read the rest at www.Write-Hook.com

For the latest on Scott Morgan’s upcoming book, Character Development from the Inside Out, click here.

The Little Dilettante: A Fable

Once upon a time, in the Land of Make Believe, there lived the Little Dilettante, who resided in a mighty tower made of finest ivory. And from his tower, the Little Dilettante looked down at the pedestrian horde below. Toiling fools who, day in, day out, go to and from their pedestrian jobs, while he passed his time reading the great and popular works of novelists who wrote about novelists who live fabulous lives.

Read the rest of Scott Morgan‘s original fable at www.Write-Hook.com

Mining the Dead

Every story is about people. Even the ones about dogs.

So what better place to look for inspiration for your characters than among the dearly departed?

Check out the new blog, Mining the Dead, in full at http://www.Write-Hook.com.

Alas, Poor Sentence . . .

The Sacrifice of Isaac, by Ludovico Cigoli

It’s the perfect phrase. Just perfect. Sums up everything you want to say in three or four marvelous, pithy, asteroid-strength words.

That’s why you’ve just spent 381.43 hours and 12,000 words writing a build-up to it. Only to find out the writer’s No. 6 nightmare — your perfect sentence doesn’t fit.

If you have never looked your once-in-a-lifetime, manna-from-heaven phrase in the eye and whispered to it a sweet good-bye, you haven’t yet earned your stripes as a writer. Little is harder for a writer to let go than a block of words that actually makes some of his naughty parts tingle.

Do us all a favor. Let it go. No sentence or title or description of a tree is worth the cost to the rest of your story. You’ll just end up chasing the prom queen, which means that even if you get her, you’ll end up losing your self respect for one chance at satisfaction. And you’ll find out soon enough that she wasn’t worth the trouble.

There’s an easy way to tell when you’ve been infected by the perfect-phrase bug: You fall in a sort of adolescent love with a small grouping of words that do not make up an idea on their own. They just sound good together.

Typically, great lines that don’t fit in end up slumming in mediocre poems. Don’t do this to good writing. If you write frequently enough, your patience might one day be rewarded. But don’t push it. I promise you it will never work if you push it.