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The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers: Award-winning podcast for newbie writers that's been online since 2005! If you're new and unsure how get (and keep!) going in your writing career, this is the show for you. Past shows have guest starred Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, and so many more!

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The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers: Award-winning podcast for newbie writers that's been online since 2005! If you're new and unsure how get (and keep!) going in your writing career, this is the show for you. Past shows have guest starred Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, and so many more!

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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

241 Ratings
Average Ratings
178
28
12
4
19

Mighty Mur is Magnificant

By @MyFavePacker - Jun 01 2016
Read more
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

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #74 in Literature category

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The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers: Award-winning podcast for newbie writers that's been online since 2005! If you're new and unsure how get (and keep!) going in your writing career, this is the show for you. Past shows have guest starred Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, and so many more!

Rank #1: ISBW #333 - Writing Hooks // Seanan McGuire Interview

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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. 

Sep 22 2014
47 mins
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Rank #2: ISBW #322 - SUPER LONG (EXPLICIT) AGENT INTERVIEW EPISODE

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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. 

May 21 2014
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #3: ISBE #312 - Returning, and Interview with Matt Lohr and Diane O'Bannon

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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.

Dec 21 2013
48 mins
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Rank #4: I Should Be Writing #336 - Characterization and Hierarchy

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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!

Oct 30 2014
9 mins
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Rank #5: 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
34 mins
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Rank #6: ISBW #368: Post-depression writing

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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!

Dec 22 2016
51 mins
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Rank #7: ISBW #320 - Depression // Adam Christopher Interview

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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. 

And 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

Apr 22 2014
1 hour
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Rank #8: ISBW #362: Glossary of writing terms and Helen Lowe Interview

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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.

May 20 2016
52 mins
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Rank #9: 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
49 mins
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Rank #10: ISBW #399

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

Jul 20 2018
21 mins
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Rank #11: ISBW #364 - Feedback // Jon Skovron Interview // John Claude Bemis Interview

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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!

Aug 16 2016
1 hour 37 mins
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Rank #12: ISBW #366: Control and Laurence MacNaughton Interview

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The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers.
Oct 07 2016
57 mins
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Rank #13: ISBW #337 - NaNo, Tired Tropes // Howard Tayler Interview

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

Nov 18 2014
36 mins
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Rank #14: 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
37 mins
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Rank #15: ISBW #315 - Myke Cole Interview

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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

Feb 13 2014
28 mins
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Rank #16: ISBW #342 - Feedback

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

Jan 30 2015
18 mins
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Rank #17: ISBW #328 - Taking Care of Yourself // Gail Carriger interview

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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!

Jul 09 2014
52 mins
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Rank #18: ISBW #334 - NaNoWriMo Prep // Charlaine Harris Interview

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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 BearWriting (editing) Now: Afterlife Series 6: Stones

Oct 17 2014
30 mins
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Rank #19: ISBW #373: About all those rules

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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

Apr 17 2017
18 mins
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