Guest post: Layering as a Technique for Building Depth by M J Moores

I can’t thank Morgen enough for this wonderful opportunity. I love sharing my writing experience as well as my stories and this guest spot allows me the opportunity to get to know so many more like-minded people 🙂

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Today’s guest blog post, on the topic of the craft of writing, is brought to you by M J Moores.

Layering as a Technique for Building Depth

by M.J. Moores, OCT. Author. Editor. Freelance Writer.

MelissaAll of the writing greats tell us that the deeper the connection between the reader and our story, the farther we will go as authors.

But what does that really mean? How can we, as writers, craft that vital connection?

Personally, I find it incredibly taxing to even consider developing that kind of depth in my first draft – characters, setting, and action aren’t fully calculated until my plot is hammered out… even if it’s a character-driven plot. As a planner, you’d think I’d have it all figured out before I let the story flow – but what’s the fun in doing that? Sure, I’ll plan out specific moments that are intrinsic to…

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Published by M.J. Moores

I am a writer of adventure stories (although this is not an official category my writing spans YA, NA, Speculative Fiction, and Romance) who taught high school English in a past life. I am a freelance writers and editor who loves giving creative writing workshops and advising about the self-publishing landscape. I'll have 3 books published in my Chronicles of Xannia series as of April 2017, 3 non-fic industry publications, three short stories in two anthologies, and one essay on the believability factor in fiction writing in a guide to writing. I am a mother and a wife with an OCD bent toward organization - but I hate cleaning and anything related to it, so I'm definitely not a housekeeper! ;) I learned how to shoot an olympic bow when I was in high school and I look forward to taking it up again in the future. I enjoy playing adventure games on my PSIII, X-Box 360, and Wii. I have a quick mind and a good sense of humour but I am not a humourous person, though I try.

4 thoughts on “Guest post: Layering as a Technique for Building Depth by M J Moores

  1. We’re looking at having it run the 2nd Thursday of each month starting in December at 7:30pm EST (that would be 12:30pm for you!) and run for approx. 2 hrs. I’ll email you the details if it’s still sounds reasonable 😉


    1. Hey Mel! I read about you ‘needing a critique group’ 😉 It’s too bad we’re 5 hrs apart… I’m starting one this Dec. with 4 other writers via Skype. I’m actually trying to find a speculative fiction writing buddy… not any easy task (hint, hint) 🙂

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      1. Awesome! I’m great at taking hints 😉 I’d love to be your speculative fiction writing buddy, or a writing buddy in general for that matter! As for Skype – what time of day will you be meeting; I’m a bit of an insomniac so depending on the day/time I could still take part.


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