Podcast

I Should Be Writing

The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers.

Episodes

  • ISBW #475: Writer Evolution

    Jan 15 2020

    Evolve or die! Or something less aggressive.   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #474: Catering to your own whims

    Jan 14 2020

    I am trying to figure out if my idiosyncrasies are just the way I am, or can I change?    Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #473: Character Names (1)

    Jan 11 2020

    My first discussion of character names, discussing alliteration. Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #472: Trust the People in the Basement

    Jan 10 2020

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

  • ISBW #471: Big and Stupid Goals

    Jan 09 2020

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

  • ISBW #470: I'm fine.

    Jan 08 2020

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

  • ISBW #469: GOALS

    Jan 07 2020

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

  • ISBW #468: Experience Points

    Dec 01 2019

    What did you get out of this month?   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #467: Stretch

    Nov 29 2019

    Keep those arms healthy, even before they start to hurt. Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #466: Doggos! (And Cattos, I guess)

    Nov 27 2019

    Self care- scritch that animal! Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #465: Connect with people

    Nov 25 2019

    Don't underestimate the power of connecting with people to pull your head out of the stress that is NaNo. Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #463: Forgiving yourself

    Nov 21 2019

    Goal- 25000 words (I got it wrong in the podcast.) Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #462: Hobbies aside from writing

    Nov 19 2019

    NaNo Day 18, and it's time to maybe look up from the computer. Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #457: NaNoWriMo Day 13

    Nov 14 2019

    What's it all for, anyway?   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #456: NaNoWriMo Day 12

    Nov 13 2019

    The perfect cup of tea. Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #455: NaNoWriMo Day 11

    Nov 11 2019

    Things aren't going great. And I talk about how to cope with that. Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #454: NaNoWriMo Day 7

    Nov 07 2019

    ONE WEEK IN!  11,667 words - are you there? (I'm not. Let's be honest. But that's OK.)   10325 / 50000 words. 21% done! Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #453: NaNoWriMo Day 6

    Nov 07 2019

    Sleep, it's important, people! Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #452: NaNoWriMo Day 5

    Nov 05 2019

    Brain hacks today from Productivity Alchemy: Tell yourself you only have to write a handful of words or sentences. Because starting is the hardest part. And any number of words is better than zero. [and dagnabbit I recorded with the wrong mic again so the sound is a little tinny]   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #451: NaNoWriMo Day 4

    Nov 04 2019

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

  • ISBW #448: NaNoWriMo Day 1

    Nov 01 2019

    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

  • ISBW #447: Antagonist POV

    Nov 01 2019

    Does the antagonist POV add or distract from the main story? Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #446: Which Book To Send to Agents?

    Nov 01 2019

    I get to quote an old cliche' about birds and hands and bushes.  NOTE- Once NaNoWriMo starts, you'll be getting the podcast on the day that I post it for Patreon!    (except for weekend shows, which are Patreon only. Want to support the show and get access?)   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #445: What does "no" mean?

    Oct 30 2019

    In the world of publishing, we take rejections to mean a definitive NO. Do not pass go, etc. While no does mean no in a lot of other areas of life, I'm not sure that's what it means here.  Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #444: Goals...?

    Oct 28 2019

    How to set goals as a writer. (Spoiler, I'm still learning) Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #443: Repetition as a mistake and possible tool

    Oct 26 2019

    Keep an eye out for repetitions in your work, not only words, but concepts and more. Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #442: Publishing for free, and what IP means

    Oct 25 2019

    How do you approach free anthologies when the market is very small? And do you sell your IP or language rights? Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #441: More NaNo Prep and Boredom

    Oct 22 2019

    I recorded this late so it's short, but the benefits of boredom, especially in November, are discussed. Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #440: Distractions and more distractions

    Oct 21 2019

    More twitter questions, dealing with distractions and how to switch gears after a big project. Also, dog.  Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #439: Gratitude as a writer

    Oct 18 2019

    Adam Christopher suggested we talk about stepping back when get frustrated and being grateful for what you have accomplished so far.  Adam's books! Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #438: What's the worth of bad books?

    Oct 17 2019

    Timely question, since I'm reading a stinker right now!   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #437: Foreshadowing/Flashback?

    Oct 16 2019

    Not sure which we're talking about, so I talk about both! Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #436: Multiple questions!

    Oct 11 2019

    One listener, many questions!   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #435: Losing your way with discovery writing

    Oct 10 2019

    Less advice and more commiseration, I'm afraid. Cause I have this problem RIGHT NOW too.    Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #434: The power of POV

    Oct 08 2019

    Otters are cute until you look at the POV of the butterfly.   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #433: How to edit when editing sucks

    Oct 05 2019

    Let's face it. Everyone has some part of their job that is the equivalent to mucking out the stalls so you can ride the horses later. So how do you face it? Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #432: Is the editor mean, or right?

    Oct 02 2019

    Sometimes editors are right when they suggest edits. But sometimes you're left wondering if they're wrong, or if you just got your writer underwear into a bunch. They're often very smart, but not infallible.  And I was wrong about the name, but K. Tempest Bradford is doing an October warmup of writing prompts, only I don't think you can join anymore. Poop. But you can check her out and sign up for a future class! Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #431: Plotting as a Pantser

    Oct 01 2019

    Kevin asked how you can work out a more complex plot when you're used to discovery writing. So I talk antagonists' motivation and trusting yourself.  Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #430: How to keep going

    Sep 28 2019

    It's the question of how to keep going in the face of rejection.  Rejection sucks. That's the facts.  Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #429: NaNo Marathon Training

    Sep 26 2019

    I have a plan to train for NaNoWriMo! The goal is to start small but be in shape to write 1500+ words a day in November!   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #428: Just write the stupid thing

    Sep 24 2019

    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

  • ISBW #427: First paragraphs

    Sep 23 2019

    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

  • ISBW #426

    Sep 19 2019

    Do you need a different agent for different genres?   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISNW #425

    Sep 18 2019

    I talk about characters and conflict and tragedy and killing characters. It's super cheery!

  • ISBW #424

    Sep 17 2019

    I talk allll the opinions that you hear as a writer, and then I remind you not to run off and spend a six figure advance. I tried Freedom this weekend and it annoyed the crap out of me.

  • ISBW #423

    Sep 13 2019

    This one took me three tries, so it's a little shorter than I intended, but dangit, I had everything going against me today!

  • ISBW #422

    Sep 13 2019

    This one is short because the RNG productivity plan had mixed results today.

  • ISBW #421

    Sep 11 2019

    My new best friend is the Random Number Generator, since no other productivity program works. Let's try chaos!

  • ISBW #420

    Sep 10 2019

    links!  NaNoWriMo  4TheWords  Pacemaker     

  • ISBW #419

    Sep 10 2019

    We go to the twitters for questions today. 

  • ISBW #418

    Sep 07 2019

    I talk about the new book and how i'm approaching the first scene. It's short, but it's late. 

  • ISBW #417

    Sep 06 2019

    I had a terrible day with hurricane watching and migraine, and I still had to take a walk and record, so I decided to share my walk with you. It's windy. I'm sorry. But at least I still have my streak!

  • ISBW #416

    Sep 04 2019

    The concepts of success and failure are pretty subjective in the long term.

  • ISBW #415

    Sep 04 2019

    New arm brace and hot car recording! Only the best. 

  • ISBW #414

    Aug 30 2019

    We are talking agents and Instagram stuff! Happy Friday!

  • ISBW #413

    Aug 30 2019

    My new theory is writer's block is about losing the fun of writing. So if you can't think of what to write, then have some fun.

  • ISBW #412

    Aug 28 2019

    The Campbell Award is no more! and it's a good thing. Also, pushing through the hard days writing, and wanting to podcast more. 

  • ISBW #411

    Aug 27 2019

    More thoughts on WorldCon and I discuss what movie options mean, so far as I've experienced them, anyway. 

  • I Should Be Writing #410

    Aug 26 2019

    I'm back from hiatus and travel! And I decided something at WorldCon this year. Listen to find out what that is...   NOTE TO PATRONS- I lost my phone in Glasgow and I am a fan of two factor authentication, which is great until you lose your phone and don't have the ability to get any of your 2FA notices... so I can't log into Patreon to post early/exclusive content.

  • ISBW #409

    May 27 2019

    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

  • ISBW #408

    May 20 2019

    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

  • ISBW #407

    Apr 26 2019

    A quick recording for you in an attempt to be more consistent. 

  • ISBW #406

    Apr 19 2019

    I talk novel writing and roadblocks and the Hugo ballot. 

  • ISBW #405

    Mar 29 2019

    State of me, state of the show, and much needed feedback.     Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com

  • ISBW #404: NOVEL WRITING I

    Feb 27 2019

    Recorded from my hotel room at Boskone, I discuss how I'm approaching my new novel. 

  • ISBW #403

    Feb 04 2019

    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.    murverse.com | BY NC SA Creative Commons

  • ISBW #402

    Nov 15 2018

    I talk about Save the Cat Writes a Novel, and how useful I find the beat sheet from the system.   murverse.com | BY NC SA Creative Commons

  • ISBW #401

    Oct 25 2018

    It's time for NaNoWriMo, what are you doing to prepare? Here's what I'm up to.  https://nanowrimo.org/participants/mightymur

  • ISBW #400

    Sep 20 2018

    Episode 400, really! It's not a Very Special Episode (TM) but I do think it's important.    murverse.com | BY NC SA Creative Commons

  • ISBW #399

    Jul 20 2018

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

  • ISBW #398

    Jun 26 2018

    Back and rambling and OMG I am writing the SOLO novelization!

  • ISBW #397

    May 17 2018

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

  • ISBW #396

    Apr 25 2018

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

  • ISBW #395

    Mar 28 2018

    Lordy, I'm behind on feedback! I catch up here. I'll do a Twitter feedback show in the future. I would love some ideas as to what you want to see in episode 400 of I Should Be Writing. Send me your thoughts! ISBW is sponsored by Serial Box! Yes, my publisher for Bookburners, one of my favorite projects I've worked on in the past few years! Get a discount on a whole season of content with the code WRITING18.

  • I Should Be Writing #395

    Mar 22 2018

    In reading a book on luck, I had an epiphany not on luck, but on procrastination. I explore the reason why we may avoid writing, and then I talk to G. S. Denning, author of the Warlock Holmes series. 

  • ISBW #393

    Mar 13 2018

    When your supporting characters' response to personally tragic things in their life is "how will this affect this other person?" then you have a problem. Are you a WorldCon member? Don't forget to vote for the Hugos, AND remember you have the power to go to the business meeting! ISBW is sponsored by Serial Box! Yes, my publisher for Bookburners, one of my favorite projects I've worked on in the past few years! Get a discount on a whole season of content with the code WRITING18.

  • ISBW #392

    Feb 08 2018

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

  • ISBW #391

    Feb 07 2018

    I got some News. I wish I could tell, but I can't even share with you, my lovely supporters. But the news has made my brain and schedule all higgledy piggeldy. So I talk about that. ISBW is sponsored by Serial Box! Yes, my publisher for Bookburners, one of my favorite projects I've worked on in the past few years! Get a discount on a whole season of content with the code WRITING18. HEY- did you know I'm offering transcriptions of both ISBW and Ditch Diggers? They will go up as soon as I get them...more

  • ISBW #390

    Jan 26 2018

    Should you find a publisher before the book is done? Should you worry about your pen name before you find an agent? What order should things be done in, anyway?  Brought to you by Serial Box, the "HBO for ebooks." Get a discount on a whole season of content with the code WRITER18.

  • ISBW #389

    Jan 17 2018

    I have one resolution this year, and that's to get bored more often. Also, I talk fears, and NBC's The Good Place. I was supposed to have an interview but I just discovered it's crap and I have to re-record. Sorry about that.

  • ISBW #388

    Dec 21 2017

    I pontificate about Patreon, transcribing the podcasts, and Star Wars (no spoilers). If you want to support on Patreon, by the way, you can do so here. Happy Holidays!

  • ISBW 387: Learning how to strike-out

    Nov 21 2017

    Why is it OK to suck? Specifically, why does stinky writing matter?

  • ISBW #386

    Oct 30 2017

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

  • ISBW #385

    Oct 12 2017

    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!)

  • ISBW #384: The black dog doesn't care

    Sep 28 2017

    When mild depression hits.

  • ISBW #383: Point of View // Beth Cato Interview

    Sep 14 2017

    I discuss the power of point of view and how it makes us sympathize with characters, what the different words (protagonist, antagonist) means, and reference a bunch of books and movies. Then I talk to Beth Cato. AND GUESS WHAT? You can WIN Beth Cato's books! All you have to do is email me and I'll do a random drawing on the next ISBW, but I'd really appreciate it if you spread the word on social media too.

  • ISBW #382: Back to basics

    Aug 31 2017

    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!

  • ISBW 381

    Aug 14 2017

    We talk awards and feedback and I wonder what happened at WorldCon. We will find out when I record again!

  • ISBW #380

    Jul 30 2017

    I'm coming out of depression land and straight into the crazy that is August that is travel and WorldCon. So here is the podcast for the week of July 24, and the podcast for the week of August 7 is already queued.  (Only I say it's for August 14 because calendars are hard) Books mentioned: Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

  • ISBW #379: Those Down Days

    Jul 12 2017

    The bad thing about being on a regular recording schedule again is I have to podcast even when I don't feel like it. So sometimes it's just about the mental health. This is a short, low energy podcast, but I'm really fine, trust me. Just had a bad start to the week with migraine and super low energy. I'm doing much better now, but figured I should post this because I try to be honest with the look inside a writer's life, and sometimes there are days like this. Mentioned: The War of Art.

  • ISBW #378: Preparations

    Jun 27 2017

    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. 

  • ISBW #377: Brain Weasels

    Jun 22 2017

    I know I know I know I always say these supportive things but sometimes it's hard to listen to myself. Recently I've been suffering from "first draft must be perfect" syndrome, and had to step back and actually look at myself and what I was doing.  First drafts don't have to be perfect. Write it 100x on the board.

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

    May 30 2017

    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...more

  • ISBW #375: Feedback

    May 15 2017

    Show Notes:  ISBW (and Ditch Diggers) Wiki, a work in progress! Discussions of the magical negro: Further thoughts by Nnedi Okorafor: STEPHEN KING'S SUPER-DUPER MAGICAL NEGROES and Salon: The offensive movie cliche that won’t die Books I recommend: many books by Victoria Lynn Schmidt and Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress    

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

    May 01 2017

    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 t...more

  • ISBW #373: About all those rules

    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

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

    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!

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

    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.

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

    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!  

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

    Jan 11 2017

    Some long-awaited feedback gets answered!