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I Should Be Writing Podcast by Mur Lafferty

I Should Be Writing Podcast

by Mur Lafferty

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Writing interviews and how-tos from a SF writer who's still learning.


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ISBW #373: About all those rules

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Apr 17, 2017


Don't use adverbs. Show, don't tell. Often blanket terms, what do they really mean, and why should we use them? And what does it mean when someone carefully follows those rules.

Recommended book: Nabokov's Favorite Word Was Mauve



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ISBW #372: Metacast: State of the world, state of Mur

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


I discuss where politics fall within the topic of this show, what I've been up to, some challenges, and some future stuff. Little bit of catching up. 

 

Also, it's the last night to nominate for the Hugos!



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ISBW #371: Writing as a relationship // Bookburners Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Feb 14, 2017


I usually use the boxing metaphor for writing, but I've been thinking it's more like a relationship. Plus Six Wakes and Bookburners both launched! Then I talk to my fellow Bookburners authors, Margaret Dunlap, Max Gladstone, and Brian Francis Slattery.



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ISBW #370: Gamification // Jason Chabot and Kylie Chan Interviews

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


I discuss how I try to get work done using Habitica and 4thewords.com. Then talk to Jason Chabot and Kylie Chan!

 



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ISBW #369: Feedback // David D. Levine and Stephen Aryan Interviews

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Jan 11, 2017


Some long-awaited feedback gets answered!



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ISBW #368: Post-depression writing

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Dec 22, 2016


Where I've been for the last two months, and two more interviews with Leanna Renee Hieber and Brooke Johnson!

(And I hadn't recorded in a while, so the wrong mic is grabbing the audio and I didn't realize till afterwards.)

And I've been podcasting 12 years! WOW!



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ISBW #367: NaNoWriMo Special with Grant Faulkner

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


I was lucky enough to talk to Grant Faulkner, the grand poobah of NaNoWriMo!

Are you ready for November?



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ISBW #366: Control and Laurence MacNaughton Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Oct 07, 2016




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ISBW #365: Editing is hard, and JD Horn Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Sep 23, 2016


I talked about my continuity issues in my current book, and then talk to JD Horn about his book Jilo.

Oh, and did you hear there's going to be an ISBW BOOK? Yeah. There's going to be an ISBW BOOK. Holy crap sticks.



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ISBW #364 - Feedback // Jon Skovron Interview // John Claude Bemis Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Aug 16, 2016


It's another long show as I catch up with my late interviews! Jon Skovron and John Claude Bemis are both here to talk about their books.

With two interviews, this one is a long one!

Worldcon is this week! Are you going? Come say hi!



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ISBW #363: Movie Options and TWO Interviews!

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Jun 30, 2016


I announced it a few days ago that Netflix purchased the option for The Shambling Guides, and I talk more about it here. Then I put two interviews in one show since I'm behind, so you get to hear from Mike Carey and Brenda Cooper!



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ISBW #362: Glossary of writing terms and Helen Lowe Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, May 20, 2016


What do all those words I'm always saying mean? I go over several terms we discuss in publishing. I loved this idea, so if you have other ideas for terms you'd like discussed in more detail, let me know! Then I talk to Helen Lowe, author of Daughter of Blood.



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ISBW 361- Feedback, Elizabeth Bonesteel Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, May 09, 2016


Covering feedback this time, including the importance of race in a story, ideas during depression, and more! Then we talk to Elizabeth Bonesteel, author of the excellent SF novel The Cold Between.



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ISBW #360: Level up! Plus Dan Koboldt Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Apr 04, 2016


I've leveled up as a writer, and I interview Dan Koboldt, author of The Rogue Retrieval.



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ISBW #359: Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Mar 10, 2016


Feedback time again! 

 



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ISBW #358: Periscope test and writing rules

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Feb 17, 2016


LORD GOD it's been two months? SHAME, MUR. SHAME.



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ISBW #357 - Anniversary, with Raven Oak interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Dec 09, 2015


As of today, I've been podcasting 11 years. Whoa. 

I also talk to Raven Oak, one of the authors in the Joy to the Worlds anthology, out now!



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ISBW #356: Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Dec 03, 2015


It's a feedback time, and so we're gonna talk. 



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ISBW #355: Crippling Fear

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Nov 24, 2015


Coming to terms with my fear, and how it’s holding me back. So it’s time to embrace failure.

 



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ISBW #354: NaNoWriMo Primer 2

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sun, Nov 01, 2015


Haters got you down? Don't let them.



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ISBW #353: NaNoWriMo Primer 1

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Oct 19, 2015


As we look forward two weeks to NaNoWriMo, I have to talk about something very unpopular. This year I challenge you to kill your darlings.



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ISBW #352: Book Burnout // Peter Orullian Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Sep 22, 2015


I'm still working on my book. I'm kind of focused, podcasting is hard. BUT we have a Peter Orullian interview!

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orullian.com



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ISBW #351 - Believe in Yourself - Fran Wilde Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Sep 02, 2015


What happens when no one believes in you but you?

Then we talk to Fran Wilde about her new book Updraft!



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ISBW #350 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Feedback time!



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ISBW #349 - Brain Games // Andrea Phillips Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Jul 14, 2015


Today I talk how my brain sabotages my creative process and I talk to Andrea Phillips about transmedia and her new book, Revision.



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ISBW #348 - Stop kicking your own ass // Jen Udden Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Jun 25, 2015


ISBW returns with an agent interview this time, and my plea to stop kicking your own ass. And by you I mean me.

Jen's podcast, Shipping and Handling.



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ISBW #347: Meta, Feedback, John Chu Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Jun 04, 2015


I'm back with a talk of what's going on, feedback, and a John Chu interview from Boskone!


Obligatory Buy My Book! link: (affiliate)



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ISBW #346 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Apr 23, 2015


A short and sweet feedback show about royalties, copyright, and social media celebration!


Obligatory Buy My Book! link: (affiliate)



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ISBW #345: The pride of busy-ness // Interview with Dora Goss

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Apr 13, 2015


Sometimes talking about how busy we are is a sense of pride and not something to fix. Maybe we should rethink that.

Then I talk to Dora Goss.

Ditch Diggers coming tomorrow!


Obligatory Buy My Book! link: (affiliate)



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ISBW #344 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Mar 20, 2015


I'm back, with feedback.

Important links:



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ISBW #343: Resistance :: Michael Underwood Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Feb 23, 2015


I talk about resistance and the book The War of Art, and then interview author Michael Underwood. 

Links: 

(affiliate links)



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ISBW #342 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Jan 30, 2015


First feedback of the year, lots of neat things happening, and we talk covers and memoirs and outlining!



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ISBW #341 - Happy New Year

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Jan 28, 2015


So last week when I was working to put a bunch of audio on my site, I got a bit lost and didn't manage to actually post ISBW. Too many shows going on right now, I guess. So, uh, here is my Happy New Year post, and #342 that I recorded today will go up on Friday.



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ISBW #340 - End of the year and feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Dec 15, 2014


I'm doing the wacky thing of taking some time off this holiday season, no writing, little recording, and no stress thinking about writing and recording. This is a Big Deal. 

 

Then we talk feedback! Happy holidays and I will see you in January!



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ISBW #339 - Ditch Diggers Sneak Peek!

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Dec 10, 2014


I talk jealousy and show a peek at the new show I'm doing next year, Ditch Diggers. It's still about writing, but it's brutally honest, not clean, and with co-host Matt Wallace. I figured, today being my 10th year anniversary of podcasting, I should unveil something big. If you like it, subscribe! If you don't like it, don't worry, Matt and I won't force you to listen. This will be the first and last Ditch Diggers in the feed.


Obligatory Buy My Book! link: (affiliate)



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ISBW #338 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Dec 02, 2014


I say it's #339 but really it's 338. It's feedback time!


Obligatory Buy My Book! link: (affiliate)



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ISBW #337 - NaNo, Tired Tropes // Howard Tayler Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Nov 18, 2014


So glad to have Howard Tayler back on the show. If you don't listen to Howard on Writing Excuses, you totally should. 



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I Should Be Writing #336 - Characterization and Hierarchy

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


I talk characterization and stuff, taking from a blog post I read and can't remember the source. If you know the source TELL ME and I will post it here so I am not a total jerk.

 

Support me via Patreon and get access to the archives, the NaNoWriMo podcast, and more!



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ISBW #335 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Oct 24, 2014


We talk women authors, pen names, the networking bucket, and what to focus on as a newbie. 



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ISBW #334 - NaNoWriMo Prep // Charlaine Harris Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Oct 17, 2014


I'm back from technical difficulties, ready to talk about NaNoWriMo! Also got the amazing Charlaine Harris as this week's interview.

If you want the daily NaNo show, support via Patreon!

Reading Now: Dust, by Elizabeth Bear
Writing (editing) Now: Afterlife Series 6: Stones



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ISBW #334 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Sep 25, 2014


Harsh truth about quitting the day job, and more. Hang in there, folks. Keep writing.

 

Support via Patreon

I'm reading: Aeropagitica

I'm writing: Afterlife Book 6: Stones



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ISBW #333 - Writing Hooks // Seanan McGuire Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Sep 22, 2014


I talk about what it means to be a "wanna-be," and then delve into hooks, using Kameron Hurley's The Mirror Empire for example. Fantastic book. Go get it. Then I interview Seanan McGuire, from way back. 

Relevant links: The Mirror Empire, Seanan's Blog

What I'm writing now*: We Need the Eggs: detectives, wetware, and roller derby. Its status is proposal-under-edit-after-agent-comments. PUEAAC, if you will. 

What I'm reading now: The Mirror Empire

 

*Like, right this second, today. I have many irons in the fire, but this isn't the place to list them. So if I list something else later, don't think I write books within days. 



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ISBW 332 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Sep 05, 2014


We take feedback from email and twitter, talk research, diversity, and platforms and social media. 

Don't forget to support the show via Patreon!



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ISBW #331 - In Memory, Grief, Writing

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Sep 03, 2014


I am recovering from London, deaths in the family, and deaths in the extended friendship family. I broke my magic spreadsheet chain. It's been rough. 

LonCon was awesome, though, and I will cover that at some future time. 



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ISBW #330 - Amazon vs Hachette // Kirsty Logan Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Aug 01, 2014


I have a couple of horses in this Amazon vs Hachette race, and although I will admit I don't fully understand all the details, I will say that I really dislike absolutes.

On a brighter note, we talk to Kirsty Logan



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ISBW #329 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Jul 18, 2014


Writing and running and grammar and thanks SO much for pushing the show past the $300 level in Patreon! 



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ISBW #328 - Taking Care of Yourself // Gail Carriger interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Jul 09, 2014


This week we welcome Gail Carriger back to the show, and talk about taking care of yourself. Hint- it's not romantic to treat yourself like crap in order to brag that you're not sleeping or drinking too much in order to feel like a "real" writer. 

Don't forget to check out the Patreon and support the podcast!



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ISBW #327 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Jul 03, 2014


Hello new listeners! We have a feedback show for you. Coming soon- interview with Gail Carriger!

Don't forget to support my Patreon.



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ISBW #326 - Entitlement // Pip Ballantine Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Jun 13, 2014


It's time to talk entitlement - readers who expect too much, AND authors/publishers who expect too much. Then we talk to Pip Ballantine.



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ISBW 325 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Jun 11, 2014


We talk pen names, editing, and characters. 



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ISBW 324 - Waiting. And Marie Bilodeau interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Jun 04, 2014


I am not terribly productive because I'm in a rut. 

 

And I didn't say this in the podcast, but RIP Jay Lake. :( 



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ISBW #323 - Feedback show

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, May 23, 2014


I know, two shows in a week. Crazypants. The biggest thing we talk about is the advice for the sailor who wants to write on his iPad. Storyist is the most popular app, mentioned by a lot of people.



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ISBW #322 - SUPER LONG (EXPLICIT) AGENT INTERVIEW EPISODE

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, May 21, 2014


I talk about my skepticism for productivity sites, and then have a LONG talk with my agent, Jen Udden, asking lots and lots of questions. There was wine. And a bit of swearing. 



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ISBW #321 - Feedback show!

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Apr 29, 2014


I go through the emails and discuss series, and agents, and iPad word processors.

Don't forget to support the site via Patreon!



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Cooking the Books #001 - Mur Lafferty Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Apr 24, 2014


We take a small detour and host Fran Wilde's first podcast for her blog Cooking the Books. And the interview is with me! How cool is that? 



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ISBW #320 - Depression // Adam Christopher Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Apr 22, 2014


Depression sucks. Many people talk about it. 

But paying it forward is nice, as PJ Schnyder is doing at RT Booklover's Convention.

The Hugo slate was announced. There are many things to be happy and annoyed about. But the core issue is, read the works, vote as you see fit. 

PrintAnd we talk to Adam Christopher, author of the Burning Dark* and long-time listener of the show!

You know, at some point you'd think I would get jealous of people who started writing seriously after starting to listen to me, and then their career took off like gangbusters and outpaced me something terrible, but I still am just absolutely giddy to hear success stories from listeners. 

And don't forget, the Storium Kickstarter is still going strong, and you can always support the podcast via Patreon!

*Affiliate link



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ISBW #319 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Mar 21, 2014


I go through the feedback. Note, I didn't get to all the feeback because I will soon have an interview with my agent, Jen Udden, and will ask her the remaining questions. 

 

Hey! Did you know I have a Patreon account? Support me and save puppies from giant hawk attacks! (or just support the show. That works too)



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ISBW #318 - Read the fine print // Max Gladstone Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Mar 13, 2014


I was delighted to interview my buddy Max Gladstone, and I only held onto the interview for like 3 months. And then realized we got cut off at the end. BUT IT IS A GOOD INTERVIEW DANGIT. 

I also give my opinions of reading the fine print, told in the perspective of the Amtrak Writer's Residency idea. 



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ISBW #317 - Feedback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sun, Mar 02, 2014


From publishers making you write, to how many rejections are too many!

In this show we cover what to do at each milestone of rejections. There is no maximum number of rejections you can get before you should stop writing. But you should mark the milestones regardless:

  • 100 rejections: Go to Google and search for your favorite author and see if you can find how many rejections THEY got before they had a sale. This will also test your Google skills, as the search may be difficult. Learn about JK Rowling's homelessness, etc.
  • 200 rejections: Send a favorite author an email. Ask for an atta-girl/boy. Or if that scares you, tweet @MykeCole (who may also be your favorite author!) and say you need encouragement. He will deliver. Or heck, tweet at me - @mightymur.
  • 300 rejections: Join a writer's group. If you can't find one, create one at your local library.
  • 400 rejections: Go to your vineyard's* website and order a cheap bottle of wine to feel sorry for yourself, and order the most expensive bottle you can because you are a damn working writer and deserve to be rewarded for it.
  • 500 rejections: start a betting pool to see how many rejections you will gather before you get a sale. [may be illegal in your state]
  • 600 rejections: Start your own podcast.

* I know wine isn't everyone's thing. Consider chocolate, or potato chips, or coffee. Whatever decadence you enjoy.



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ISBW #316 - Confidence // Madeline Ashby Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Feb 26, 2014


[If you're here from USAToday.com, welcome!]

This episode we discuss how I've been writing out of order, and how lack of confidence creates a bit of a roadblock. Then we talk to Madeline Ashby, the awesome SF writer. Check out her books vN and iD.



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ISBW #315 - Myke Cole Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Feb 13, 2014


BreachZone_Final-1

Myke Cole has a new book out, finishing his Shadow Ops trilogy! He's a great author and a very giving guy.


 Ghost Train to New Orleans – Out March 4



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ISBW #314 - Rapid Fire: Marketing

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Feb 12, 2014


I have a book coming out in a month! Time to discuss marketing options. 



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ISBW #313 - (OLDER SHOW) Teri Karobonik Interview

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Feb 10, 2014


Recorded early January, I'm just now getting this up. Sorry about that. But I talked to Teri Karobonik, an IP lawyer who got her career idea from a show I did a very long time ago!



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ISBE #312 - Returning, and Interview with Matt Lohr and Diane O'Bannon

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sat, Dec 21, 2013


I'm back after NaNo stress! Hope you did well! And I talk to Matt Lohr and Diane O'Bannon, co-authors of Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure.



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NaNoWriMo podcast day 30 - The End

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sun, Dec 01, 2013


Did you finish? I didn't! Here's the last episode for all you winners, and 'losers' too!



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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 25 - When in Doubt #5 - Consume media!

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Nov 26, 2013


Some people want to be "pure" when they write, consuming no media, and definitely not things associated with what they are writing. I say PISH TOSH.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 24 - Should you take a day off?

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sun, Nov 24, 2013


It's the holidays, things are stressful, and you might be wanting to take some time off. Should you?

And sorry about the lack of prompts for the next few eps. I didn't have the energy and then I didn't have the time.

Writing prompt- Monsters! Monsters, aliens, vampires, zombies, etc, they all need things to survive. Even supernaturals, if they don't eat, they either get very cranky or very slow/sick. So if your characters comes across a monster, consider its habitat. It didn't come to be in that room/cave/what have you just waiting for the character. It had to be eating something this time. What - or who - was it?




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 23 - Thanksgiving preparation

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sat, Nov 23, 2013


Sorry to international fans, we're talking about how to get through Thanksgiving!

And sorry about the lack of prompts for the next few eps. I didn't have the energy and then I didn't have the time.

Writing prompt- What's your character's favorite holiday? And if they're not of this earth, there should still be holidays, and which one do they prefer?




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 22 - Taking Care of Yourself

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Nov 22, 2013


Through all this stress you need to remember to take care of yourself.

And sorry about the lack of prompts for the next few eps. I didn't have the energy and then I didnt have the time.

Writing prompt- Think about what your character does to relax - they should have something. And then deny them that thing.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 21 - Middles

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Nov 22, 2013


Some people have trouble with middles. There are many little conflicts that are stepping stones. No prompt in the audio, but here's your prompt for the day: Think of five little conflicts that get in the way of your character as they work to fix the big conflict. Interpersonal clashes, a jerk on the highway, Internet going down, the priestess gets sick the night of the ritual, etc.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 20 - When In Doubt #3 - Look into the past

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Nov 20, 2013


Our past is what builds our characters, and if your character is feeling weak, look into what in their past made them what they are. A good flashback is 300-1000 words, easy.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 19 - What if you fall behind?

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Nov 19, 2013


Is it over for me? For you? Realism and hope battle today!




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 18 - Word padding

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Nov 19, 2013


How do you flesh out those scenes? And I forgot your wordcount, but you can see it in the footnote here.




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ISBW #311 - Feedback Show!

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Nov 18, 2013


I come up for air from NaNoWriMo and get some feedback into your ears.



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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 16 - "Can I read what you have so far?"

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sat, Nov 16, 2013


Loved ones will be interested. Don't let them derail you. Be NICE, but any comment can be disaster at this stage.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 15 - When in doubt #3

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sat, Nov 16, 2013


Sometimes you just need ot ask your brain, "What do you really want to say here?" And maybe your brain will answer.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special - Day 14 - Where to get ideas

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Nov 15, 2013


We hate the question "where do you get your ideas?" ... until you actually need to know where to get ideas.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 13 - Guest Starring Princess Scientist

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Nov 14, 2013


I had a rough day, sorry I'm posting this so late! We are joined by the eleven-year-old Princess Scientist, who talks about her attempt at NaNo. 




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 12 - Conflict

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Nov 12, 2013


Conflict can have several levels to make your story more complex.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 11 - Alternate ways to write

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Nov 11, 2013


What if you don't have a word processor?




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 10 - When in Doubt #2 - Write a new scene

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sun, Nov 10, 2013


Changing gears can do wonders for your brain. If you're on a tough scene, then write something else.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 9 - What NOT to stress over

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sat, Nov 09, 2013


What are others writing? Did my last scene suck? Should I really be doing this?




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 8 - Writing the Taboo

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Nov 08, 2013


Should you write what scares you? Should you experiment with taboos?




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 7 - Help! I've written into a corner!

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Nov 07, 2013


That lovely mental image of the painter, painting the floor, and the whole floor is done and the painter is in the corner, with no escape. What should she do?




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 6 - Starting late / catching up

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Nov 06, 2013


Is it too late to start NaNoWriMo? What if you're already behind?




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 5 - When in Doubt: Flashback

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Nov 05, 2013


You're going to hit walls during writing, and I'll be giving you ways around, or through, those walls throughout the month. Advice 1- when in doubt, throw in a flashback.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 4 - Writing Out of Order

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Nov 04, 2013


If you get stuck, don't worry about it. Write the scene you feel comfortable writing, and make a note that the difficult scene is missing. Easiest done with Scrivener or note cards.




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ISBW #310 - Writing Rituals // Tobias Buckell Interview (live from WorldCon!)

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Nov 04, 2013


Building a ritual can help you write. But what happens when that goes away? Also, I talked to the utterly charming Tobias Buckell at WorldCon this year about his books, writing multicultural characters (and fighting back when people complain about non-white protagonists.)



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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 3 - Writing Crap

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sun, Nov 03, 2013


The number one rule of I Should Be Writing is also the number one rule of NaNoWriMo. You are allowed to write bad stuff. Because how will you ever learn to be good until you allow yourself to write crap instead of obsessing over it?




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 2 - Beginnings

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sat, Nov 02, 2013


Some people stumble at the beginnings, but I am here to say STUMBLE NOT.




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode 1 - Characters

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Nov 01, 2013


Question from Twitter! How do you write characters without ripping off some other medium?




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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode G - Halloween and the Midnight Hour

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Thu, Oct 31, 2013


Apologies to Carrie Vaughn for stealing her book title

This is it! Remember what you have learned. I'll be stressing along beside you.


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ISBW Good Cop Bad Cop #5 - The Return

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Oct 30, 2013


NSFW - Matt is back. We talk about Chuck Wendig, Aristotle, we name our new GCBC intern (who may be psychotic), and the questions of people who are gluttons for punishment.



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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode F - The Editor, and NaNoWriMo for Kids

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Wed, Oct 30, 2013


Guest starring Princess Scientist, my 11 year old daughter. Kill the editor. Put it in its box for a whole freaking month.


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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode E - The Routine

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Tue, Oct 29, 2013


Even though I recently said routines are dangerous, for a project like NaNoWriMo, they're very useful.


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ISBW #309 - Metacast

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Oct 28, 2013


The state of the show, the state of me. Denials of podfading.



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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode D - Community Pros and Cons

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Oct 28, 2013


Writing is lonely, but we kind of need that solitude to actually get things done. NaNoWriMo community participation is fun and supportive, but it can have a down side.


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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode C - Discipline

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Mon, Oct 28, 2013


Tips for avoiding online distractions.


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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode B - Tools to Keep You Sane

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Sat, Oct 26, 2013


Time to talk tools and the like.

Links!


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ISBW NaNoWriMo Special Episode A - Prepping the Support Structure

mightymur@gmail.com (Mur Lafferty)Author: Mur Lafferty
Fri, Oct 25, 2013


Welcome to the daily show for NaNoWriMo crazy people! We talk support structures, and how important the people in your life are to your success. Can you do it without them? Yes. But it's easier with them on your side. 

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