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Well, of a sort. I had a hell of a few weeks and was essentially brain dead and struggling today. I announce a week off of streaming and try to talk about the new narrative game I'm playing on my stream. I'm also working on more transcriptions. By the end of this week I should have this season's episodes 1-10 done. Again, no twitch stream this week…
 
Using food, clothing, religion, and other everyday details can give your story authenticity, but if it's something that you're not familiar with, do some research. Don't forget to join us live on Twitch, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm Eastern! September 9, 2021 | Season 17 Ep 62 (Episode 613) | murverse.com Copyright 2021, Mur Lafferty | BY-NC-SA 3.5 …
 
It gets close to kill your darlings, but if you've been working on a book for years and years, you might want to try a fresh story. No one says you have to abandon it. Don't forget to join us live on Twitch, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm Eastern! August 31, 2021 | Season 17 Ep 59 (Episode 610) | murverse.com Copyright 2021, Mur Lafferty | BY-NC-SA 3.…
 
I think I'm slow at these because I hate show notes. Truly. Keeping up with my "flossing" topics- what exactly does "Show, don't tell" mean? Is there a time when Telling is better than showing? Twitch schedule for this week: M- 2pm AMA T- 2pm I Should Be Writing W- 11am Ditch Diggers Th- 2pm I Should Be Writing I will probably play a game or someth…
 
Whew! I'm way behind on posting these! But here is the show where we talk about the seemingly simple question- where do you start? Twitch schedule for this week: M- 2pm AMA T- 2pm I Should Be Writing W- 11am Ditch Diggers Th- 2pm I Should Be Writing I will probably play a game or something, but I don't want to schedule it because it's low on the pr…
 
The editors always ask for it, but what does it mean, and how do you get it? Twitch news: We are back! New fall stream times: M- 2pm AMA or gaming T- 2pm ISBW W- 11am Ditch Diggers, 4pm Gaming Th- 2pm ISBW I Should Be Writing credits: production by Summer Brooks, theme song byJohn Anealio, art by Numbers Ninja, site design by Clockpunk Studio and h…
 
In this episode, Bridget and Jen take you through the submission process, talk about publishers decentralizing from NYC post-pandemic, and discuss why that second book is just such a pain in the a** to write. Note: Jen’s audio is a little off in this because she used airpods like a dumb dumb, so our apologies for that. Thank you to everyone who has…
 
As a device-addicted person, please know this podcast is not from some high and mighty mountain, but somewhere right beside you in addicted-land. I got up this morning and put my tablet AND switch inside my lockbox. Too much to do, and I was ready to fart away the day on Fallout Shelter! Break from streaming until August 4, when I will announce new…
 
So happy to have Tobias Buckell back to the show to talk about how careers aren't necessarily a straight line! Twitch news:Streams are canceled for the near future because I'm taking some time off for vacation and birthday and stuff. Back early August! I Should Be Writing credits: production by Summer Brooks, theme song byJohn Anealio, art by Numbe…
 
I've been hammered with good and bad news this week and I'm kind of shell shocked. So this is a bit rambling. You've been warned. Twitch schedule for week of July 19-24: M. CANCELED (because look at Tuesday!) T. 1pm Ditch Diggers with Alasdair Stuart T. 3pm ISBW with Tobias Buckell T. (evening TBD) with MATT F'N WALLACE to celebrate the launch of S…
 
Bypassing the fact that a lot of people think that competent women are Mary Sues, we talk about what happens when your characters ARE overpowered, and how to handle their conflicts. Twitch schedule for week of July 19-24: M. CANCELED (because look at Tuesday!) T. 1pm Ditch Diggers with Alasdair Stuart T. 3pm ISBW with Tobias Buckell T. (evening TBD…
 
I'm behind on posting these, but this was right after we got back from our Buffalo trip to see the in-laws for the first time since Christmas, '19. I'm a bit scattered but I'm here! I Should Be Writing credits: production by Summer Brooks, theme song by John Anealio, art by Numbers Ninja, site design by Clockpunk Studio and hosted by Libsyn. July 8…
 
From the Discord comes a question that requires some discussion and nuance. Why are some writers judged for the monsters they create and others aren't? But it goes beyond imagining a monster. NOTE- This episode has some crude, albeit SFW, language. June 21-25: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): 6.21 (M) 1:00, Live Writing for Extra Life, Audience Pa…
 
Sometimes the best lessons need to be taught again and again. At least, they do for me, so I'm sharing with you. ___ All streams, June 14-19 -- please note nonstandard times in bold: 6.14 (M) 1:00, Live Writing for Extra Life, Audience Participation 6.15 (T) 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live 6.16 (W) 1:00, Ditch Diggers with Co-Host Margaret Dunlap 6.…
 
It was a weird day. I talked about POV and the like. All streams, June 14-19 -- please note nonstandard times in bold: 6.14 (M) 1:00, Live Writing for Extra Life, Audience Participation 6.15 (T) 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live 6.16 (W) 1:00, Ditch Diggers with Co-Host Margaret Dunlap 6.16 (W) 4:00, Stardew Valley With Numbers Ninja 6.17 (Th) 1:00, I…
 
I encourage beginners to write as bad they want to be, because that's the only way to be good. But the same goes for those of us a little further into our careers. Ira Glass has an amazing message for beginners in creative pursuits. June 14-19: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT) 6.14 (M) 1:00, Live Writing for Extra Life, Audience Participation 6.15 …
 
Look, let's be honest. Finishing a book and turning it in may not feel awesome. It may feel draining and depressing. And when you're told you SHOULD be happy, you wonder what the heck is wrong with you. Spoiler- Nothing is wrong with you. Then we talk other myths! June 7-12: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT) -- please note new times in bold: 6.7 (M)…
 
It's a weird thing, realizing that persistence is simply the art of managing boredom. And it's really hard to be bored right now. June 7-12: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT) -- please note new times in bold: 6.7 (M) 1:00, Live Writing for Extra Life, Audience Participation 6.8 (T) 11:00, Ditch Diggers with Alasdair Stuart 6.8 (T) 3:00, I Should Be …
 
I'm reading The Disorganized Mind and trying to think of some new ways to deal with ADHD and how it affects my writing. In other news, I've been thinking about my stream, and how the Monday AMA is not really doing much AMA. I'm going to be raising money for Extra Life, and I need to get some Patreon writing done, so I decided to do it live. Nothing…
 
In this episode Bridget & Jen critique twitter pitches, discuss Jen’s weird hate for movie comps, talk about Ea Nasir’s historical perfidious copper sales, and more! Please enjoy the moment at 36:53 where we lose our damn minds. Question topics include New Adult, the essential worker’s trauma, and the looming Godzilla vs. Kong situation of the Big …
 
I took much more of an emotional hit this week than I thought, and so I leave the topics up to the chat. But we also talk self care. May 24 - May 28: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): 5.24 (M), 12:30, AMA/Hangout 5.25 (T), 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live 5.26 (W), 4:00, Gaming 5.27 (Th),12:30, I Should Be Writing Live 5.27 (Th), 5:00, Ditch Diggers …
 
Well, I have redundant backups, and yet I STILL lost something. So we go over some things to keep in mind when you are thinking about your writing and not necessarily the health of your computer. May 24 - May 28: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): 5.24 (M), 12:30, AMA/Hangout 5.25 (T), 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live 5.26 (W), 4:00, Gaming 5.27 (Th),…
 
Recorded Tuesday, May 18. It’s been 84 years dot gif. In this episode, Bridget and Jen discuss Jen’s new career move, favorite pandemic reads, how deeply weird socializing is going to be post-panorama, and more! Question topics include getting to narrate your own audiobooks, how many rejections are enough to give up on a manuscript, unreliable narr…
 
By popular demand we bring you Jennifer Udden, my former agent, current friend, and freelance editor! We attempt more LARPing but overall just chat. NOTE, my producer usually cuts out the interaction with the live chat to make for a smoother experience for you, but with two hosts that made it harder so I decided to just leave most of it as-is. May …
 
Confidence is one of those weird emotions you can fake until you make it. So if we're pretending to be a confident writer, what else can we pretend to be? We begin the Save the Cat! beat sheet as a LARP and it gets interesting. May 9 - May 15: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): 5.10 (M), 2:30, AMA/Hangout (new time) 5.11 (T), 3:00, I Should Be Writi…
 
What happens when you start making money with writing? We're talking advances, accountants, the sought for "six figure deal" and more. You may not be making money now, but you probably intend to. So let's talk about what people usually don't talk about. Note- I am not an accountant. May 3 - May 7: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): 5.3 (M), 12:30, A…
 
Everyone knows the way to write a book, or get in shape, is to do the thing (writing, exercising, abstaining from junk food, etc) every day, and boom, you're done. So why is it so freaking hard? May 3 - May 7: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): 5.3 (M), 12:30, AMA/Hangout 5.4 (T), 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live *NEW* 5.4 (T), 1:00, Ditch Diggers Liv…
 
I've been working on my protagonist's flaws, and realizing that the story is a lot easier to write when your character may have flawed reasons driving them, and it gives them something to fight against! April 25-May 1: Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): 4.26 (M), 12:30, AMA/Hangout 4.27 (T), 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live 4.28 (W), 4:00, Gaming 4.29…
 
We're all imposters, no matter what you think. Trust me. All of us. Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): Monday, 12:30, AMA/Hangout Tuesday, 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live Wednesday, 4:00, Gaming Thursday 12:30, I Should Be Writing Live Links: Catch the next LIVE show on Twitch Behind the name April 20, 2021 | Season 17 Ep 28 (Ep 579) | murverse.com |…
 
We're all imposters, no matter what you think. Trust me. All of us. Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): Monday, 12:30, AMA/Hangout Tuesday, 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live Wednesday, 4:00, Gaming Thursday 12:30, I Should Be Writing Live Links: Catch the next LIVE show on Twitch Behind the name April 15, 2021 | Season 17 Ep 27 (Ep 578) | murverse.com C…
 
I'm a HUGO FINALIST! Escape Pod is up for Best Semiprozine, and SB Divya and I got nominated for Best Editor (Short form)! See all the nominees here! The news went out right before I recorded, so I was a little out of it, hence the flightiness. But the audience pulled me through it! Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): Monday, 12:30, AMA/Hangout Tuesd…
 
It's easy to slip into stereotypes when you are writing someone different from yourself. I have some thoughts on how to avoid that. Latest Twitch stream times (EDT): Monday, 12:30, AMA/Hangout Tuesday, 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live Wednesday, 4:00, Gaming Thursday 12:30, I Should Be Writing Live Links: Catch the next LIVE show on Twitch Craft in t…
 
The most recent "Main Character" on Writing Twitter was the woman who flat out said horror can't happen in space. If the story is in space, no matter how scary, it's automatically science fiction. This means space beats zombies, if you're keeping score. Now, aside from bringing the Internet down on your head when you say stuff like this, blanket ad…
 
I'm realizing that fear is often connected to the lack of control in a situation. Such as submitting to an editor or publishing a book. You might as well try to control the tides. Also, I'm a NYT Bestseller now! Or part of one, anyway. (I wrote one of the Minecraft novels!) Donations benefitting the Trevor Project. Latest Twitch stream times (EDT):…
 
Practice and expectation of improvement are similar components between writing and running, but there's a big difference. Donations benefitting The Trevor Project. Latest Twitch/YouTube stream times (EST): Monday, 12:30, AMA/Hangout Tuesday, 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live Wednesday, 4:00, Gaming Thursday 12:30, I Should Be Writing Live Links: Camp …
 
It's a standard feeling that once you get used to your current WiP and you may have hit a snag here and there, you will get the desire to focus on another, newer, shinier project. This is totally normal, everyone from a newbie to a pro feels this. But the question is, what do you do when you feel like that? Donations benefitting The Trevor Project.…
 
We are supposed to learn from mistakes, so why are we so hard on ourselves when we make them? Donations benefitting the Trevor Project. Latest Twitch/YouTube stream times (EST): Monday, 12:30, AMA/Hangout Tuesday, 3:00, I Should Be Writing Live Wednesday, 4:00, Gaming: Skyrim Thursday 12:30, I Should Be Writing Live Links: Catch the next LIVE show …
 
Conflict shows us how people relate to each other, much better than a bad day will. Conflicts include everything from an injury, lack of sleep, to fights with significant others, rude folks on the road, and then the big one with the meteor coming to the earth. The worse the day is, the more we learn about the character and what matters to them. Mar…
 
After 20 years I've finally figured out how to find that elusive time to write. And the reason I never found it before was because finding time, or making time, is more challenging than people say it is. Sure, OK, "make time" -- but HOW? Hey! I'm fundraising for The Trevor Project. Get the extended version of this podcast via Patreon! Latest Twitch…
 
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