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The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers.

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The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers.

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Mighty Mur is Magnificant

By @MyFavePacker - Jun 01 2016
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Must listen to podcast for any want to be writer or someone who just likes to hear writers talk.

Hope you keep going!

By xxbatgirlxx - Feb 10 2016
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I stumbled around this podcast and fell in love. Thanks to Mur I am writing agian! Thanks Mur!!!

iTunes Ratings

269 Ratings
Average Ratings
197
30
15
5
22

Mighty Mur is Magnificant

By @MyFavePacker - Jun 01 2016
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Must listen to podcast for any want to be writer or someone who just likes to hear writers talk.

Hope you keep going!

By xxbatgirlxx - Feb 10 2016
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I stumbled around this podcast and fell in love. Thanks to Mur I am writing agian! Thanks Mur!!!
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I Should Be Writing

Latest release on Jan 15, 2020

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Rank #1: ISBW #409

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I am currently struggling with the structure of the book, so I talk about that, plus A Song of Ice and Fire spoilers (the book series specifically, not the latest TV season). And I'm not sponsored by Scrivener. 

Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

May 27 2019

15mins

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Rank #2: ISBW #376: Must you write daily? And interview with Robyn Bennis!

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Is Writing Daily a Necessity?

A new article has writer Twitter in a froth. It turns out that someone wrote a clickbait article about how if you aren't writing daily, then you might as well quit.

This is so, so, so wrong. Did I write daily for a while? Yes. Do I recommend the Magic Spreadsheet for others who want to write daily? Yes. Did it help me and others? Yes. But telling you that you MUST write daily because I did is like saying that since I ran a marathon, everyone must run a marathon else they have no chance of being an athlete. So I get into that more in this episode.

Then I talk to Robyn Bennis, author of the debut novel The Guns Above! (Note, the interview has some NSFW words but I reversed them, so there's no swearing but there are a few backward words. But I do have a new tool coming to make bleeping words easier!)

Also, don't miss the latest Ditch Diggers regarding parenting and a writing career!

May 30 2017

34mins

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Rank #3: ISBW #382: Back to basics

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WHY should you follow all those writing rules? These are the "story structure" and "no adverbs" and "Give your characters something to do" rules. Can't we all just break the rules and run amok? It's the digital age, we can do what we want!

Aug 31 2017

28mins

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Rank #4: ISBW #371: Writing as a relationship // Bookburners Interview

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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.

Feb 14 2017

49mins

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Rank #5: ISBW #470: I'm fine.

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Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

Jan 08 2020

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Rank #6: ISBW #374: Writing conflict with two facets (at least)

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  • I credit one of the things that is making me consistent lately to taking ADHD meds for the first time. Yay, mental health!
  • Been feeling invisible lately. Not too bad, but it's strange. I can't go into details, but dang, it's not a good feeling.
  • I started a new book! Alasdair Stuart code named it SPACE MEAT DINER for me. I probably will not submit the book under this title. Current wordcount (including proposal parts) 7706.
  • Main Topic: Conflicts!
    • Characters work best with an internal conflict to make fighting the external conflict harder.
    • Internal conflicts include: phobias (India Jones and snakes), flaws (Hamlet's hubris), or basic human weaknesses (inability to address your own needs, like unrequited love).
    • Internal conflicts will shape how the character deals with the external conflicts you put in their story.

We will see you in two weeks for a feedback show. Next week I will have a new Ditch Diggers for you!

May 01 2017

14mins

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Rank #7: ISBW #399

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Almost to 400, and I still feel like I'm a beginner! Wow.

Jul 20 2018

21mins

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Rank #8: ISBW #396

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I have been struggling inside my own head lately, but am trying to get back.

Apr 25 2018

20mins

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Rank #9: ISBW #378: Preparations

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I've decided I need some simple lists to help me when I travel and record, and figure those kinds of lists might help with writing, too. 

Jun 27 2017

18mins

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Rank #10: ISBW #469: GOALS

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Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

Jan 07 2020

8mins

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Rank #11: ISBW #397

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And I talk about one of the epiphanies I've had after... sixteen years of writing. It's embarrassing.

May 17 2018

37mins

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Rank #12: ISBW #468: Experience Points

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What did you get out of this month?

Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

Dec 01 2019

7mins

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Rank #13: ISBW #386

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Almost November! Are you ready? Maybe this will help. http://www.NaNoWriMo.org http://www.grantfaulkner.com/

Oct 30 2017

54mins

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Rank #14: ISBW #428: Just write the stupid thing

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I talk about writing that really stupid idea you have, plus the role of agents if you decide to self publish something.

Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

Sep 24 2019

9mins

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Rank #15: ISBW #448: NaNoWriMo Day 1

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It's NaNoWriMo time, and I'm working hard to make this the year I win, but also encourage all of you to take care of yourself. Day 1: pick and choose your advice.

NaNoWriMo

"NaNoWriMo" by John Anealio

Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

Nov 01 2019

5mins

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Rank #16: ISBW #403

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I talk about some changes coming to the podcast, and then I interview Sherrilyn Kenyon. Remember to email me if you want to win a copy of her book! US only please. 

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Feb 04 2019

30mins

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Rank #17: ISBW #427: First paragraphs

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How do you open a book? I talk about Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress and Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe.

Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

Sep 23 2019

13mins

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Rank #18: ISBW #392

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it's time for the yearly discussion on conventions and etiquette and advice. And then we delve into feedback.

Feb 08 2018

25mins

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Rank #19: ISBW #408

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I haven't been playing too many games and thinking about character. Not me.

Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

May 20 2019

19mins

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Rank #20: ISBW #385

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NaNoWriMo is in less than a month! AUGH! So we talk prep, and we talk to Nicky Drayden, author of The Prey of Gods (which was a NaNo book!)

Oct 12 2017

41mins

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