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I Should Be Writing

352 episodes - English - Latest episode: 30 days ago - ★★★★ - 311 ratings

"I should be writing" is what people say, but they rarely do it. This podcast is designed to help you get past those blocks, whether it's what your teacher told you when you were a kid, to being totally sure you'll never be as good as (FAV AUTHOR) so you might as well quit.

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[ISBW] Evil Mur AMA

August 29, 2022 16:00 - 33 minutes - 31.5 MB

Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 313 STATION ETERNITY: Library Journal Starred Review https://www.libraryjournal.com/review/station-eternity-1790821 Main Topic: Back to Basics: Ask Me Anything, featuring Evil Mur Evil Mur regales the audience with proclamations of self-promotion and awesome writerly advice that you should do everything you can to emulate in order to create your Best Ever Author Life. Do not listen to Evil Mur. Just, don’t. August 18, 2022 | Season 18 Ep 55 |...

[ISBW] Baaaaaad Writing Advice

August 26, 2022 16:00 - 33 minutes - 30.7 MB

Open New short stories being worked on Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 257 STATION ETERNITY: Library Journal Starred Review https://www.libraryjournal.com/review/station-eternity-1790821 Main Topic: Back to Basics: Turrible Writing Advice, Just Turrible Writing & Self Publishing suggestions found on Wisdom, well, kinda weren’t all that wise Old Wives Tale: You can successfully write if you don’t read widely or at all. Um, nope… reading while you’re writing is vital (I’m ...

[ISBW] Emotions & Trilogies: Valerie Valdes Interview

August 18, 2022 16:00 - 48 minutes - 47.6 MB

Main Topic: Back to Basics w/Valerie Valdes Writing processes: stand-alones and series Dragon Age games, storytelling and world building NaNoWriMo, Structure, and storytelling secrets Candle In Sunshine Valerie on Twitter Valerie's Home Page Links New! Mur on Focusmate! Mur on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube Newsletter, The Hot Mic Support via Patreon! John Anealio on Bandcamp I Should Be Writing tea blends Twitch schedule for August: Monday 12pm: Ditch Diggers (19th 4:3...

[ISBW] Lessons Learned (Happy 17th Podcast Birthday!)

August 17, 2022 16:00 - 53 minutes - 52.1 MB

Main Topic: Happy Birthday, Oh Podcast, My Podcast! The startup history and baby steps of I Should Be Writing What Mur has Learned in 17 Years of Pro Podcasting The foundation was built for a networking platform Timeless Writing Advice: Don’t Stop Writing. Updating podcasts to reflect the times and the tech Meeting and Knowing other Writers Helps All The anxieties of being an author are real, but you’re not alone Links New! Mur on Focusmate! Mur on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube...

[ISBW] Mindy Carlson on Her Dying Day – Characters!

August 16, 2022 16:00 - 53 minutes - 49.1 MB

Main Topic: Mindy Carlson and Characters Mindy’s writing retreat imminent Building characters needs as much detail as building the world: traits, connections, behaviors Consistently believable emotional responses help mysteries flow Yes, Her Dying Day is loosely based on the real life disappearance of Agatha Christie Advice for new writers: Be brave and do the thing that scares you the most https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781639100125 Mindy on Twitter Links New! Mur on Focusmat...

[ISBW] Emotions Aren't Reality, Honest

August 08, 2022 16:00 - 7 minutes - 11.6 MB

S18 Ep50 Short episode. I've been feeling low lately, and then had to remember this little nugget that keeps me going. So I thought I would remind you, too.  Links New! Mur on Focusmate! Mur on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube Newsletter, The Hot Mic Support via Patreon! John Anealio on Bandcamp I Should Be Writing tea blends Twitch schedule for week of August 8: 8th Monday 12pm: Ditch Diggers with Alasdair Stuart 9th Tuesday 3pm: I Should Be Writing 10th Wednesday 3pm: Gaming TB...

[ISBW] Let's Talk Characters

August 06, 2022 16:00 - 39 minutes - 28.6 MB

S18 Ep49 Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 226 STATION ETERNITY: Library Journal Starred Review https://www.libraryjournal.com/review/station-eternity-1790821 Main Topic: Characters The Basic (Standard) Characters: characters have & need structure too The Protagonist changes, movement must occur The Antagonist creates obstacles, challenges Protagonist resolve Think about how your characters can & will interact while building them Reference: “45 Master Characters” by Ve...

[ISBW] How to Get Inspiration

July 21, 2022 16:00 - 13 minutes - 13.1 MB

S18 Ep47 Main Topic: Where Do You Find Your Story Inspiration? Start with paying attention to the people, behaviors and events right in front of you Non-fiction recommendations: Mary Roach (science), Ruth Reichl (food) When you watch TV, Movies, Video Games, pay attention to the dialogue & story structure Links murverse.com Mur on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube Newsletter, The Hot Mic Support via Patreon! John Anealio on Bandcamp I Should Be Writing tea blends Twitch schedule ...

[ISBW] Tools At Your Hands

July 20, 2022 16:00 - 28 minutes - 26.7 MB

S18 Ep46 Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 218 Virtual launch event at Mysterious Galaxy October 11 Live launch event at Flyleaf Books, October 4 She Podcasts Live conference/event October 11-14 Main Topic: The Tools at Your Disposal Think about your keyboard, and how typing stress can affect your writing Laptops, Tablets, or Phones? Software for your Writing Efficiency Links murverse.com Mur on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube Newsletter, The Hot Mic Support via Patr...

[ISBW] Editor/Author Steffanie Moyers Talks Basics & Side Hustles

July 16, 2022 16:00 - 45 minutes - 45.4 MB

Back to Basics  S18 Ep46 Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 215 Main Topic: Steffanie Moyers Author & Editor Steffanie Moyers talks about her new ebook, What Happens In… Staging and shooting professional and fun photo shoots Fiverr and working that freelance hustle to more leads Writing the stories in your head (pantsing all the time!) Vonnegut Love https://www.steffmoyers.com https://www.tiktok.com/@steffaniemoyers https://www.instagram.com/steffaniemoyers https://www...

[ISBW] Fears and Pitfalls for Beginners

July 14, 2022 16:00 - 33 minutes - 34 MB

Back to Basics S18 Ep45 The first in our twelve episode Back to Basics series! But did you know you could pre-order signed copies of my new book Station Eternity?  I'm going to be covering basic writing advice for the next twelve episodes. Open STATION: ETERNITY will be out October 4 2022  2022 Word Count: 120k Upcoming changes to ISBW: themed limited series are the new normal Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 204 Main Topic: Back to Basics Addressing the imagined fe...

[ISBW] Spoilers Club, John Scalzi talks Kaiju Preservation Society

July 13, 2022 16:00 - 35 minutes - 31.5 MB

I'm back from my break and not making you wait months for the next Spoiler's Club! We have John Scalzi talking Kaiju Preservation Society, with a chance to win! Email me at [email protected] before July 15, 2022, to enter! Watch the interview on Youtube! To hear the whole episode, support at Patreon.com/mightymur June 25, 2022 | Season 18 Ep 44 | murverse.com Copyright 2022, Mur Lafferty | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 License

[ISBW] Spoilers Club: Lillie Lainoff talks One For All!

June 24, 2022 16:00 - 31 minutes - 26.2 MB

The first rule of Spoilers Club is talk about all the spoilers. It's our very first Spoiler's Club episode, where we read One For All by Lillie Lainoff, and then she came on the show to talk all about the book with us! Check out the book and then listen to the episode! For the full episode, support at Patreon. See all my podcasts, books, and more at Murverse.com

[ISBW] BEACHCAST Brainstorming New KingFisher/Lafferty Series

June 21, 2022 16:00 - 56 minutes - 39.2 MB

Pre-show Notes I've been stressed out finishing my book, and sat on SO MANY EPISODES. So we'll be releasing them soon. Don't forget Spoilers Club, June 25! Also: Goodreads STATION ETERNITY Giveaway (open through June 30) Total raw wordcount for 2022: 118656 S18 Ep42 Live from the Outer Banks, North Carolina, where Mur and Ursula do a free-wheeling brainstorming session about our epic shapeshifter rom-com. Not a very serious episode. Explicit for language. Links Merch Shop Mur on Tw...

[ISBW] BEACHCAST Stuff From Beach

June 18, 2022 16:00 - 34 minutes - 30.4 MB

Pre-show Notes I've been stressed out finishing my book, and sat on SO MANY EPISODES. So we'll be releasing them soon. Don't forget Spoilers Club, June 25! Also: Goodreads STATION ETERNITY Giveaway (open through June 30) Total raw wordcount for 2022: 118656 S18 Ep41 Live from the Outer Banks, North Carolina, where Mur is trying to finish a book and has little brain room for anything else. This episode may be explicit. I can't remember. Links Merch Shop Mur on Twitter Mur on Inst...

[ISBW] Gwynne Garfinkle and Ghosts!

June 16, 2022 16:00 - 43 minutes - 43.5 MB

Pre-show Notes I've been stressed out finishing my book, and sat on SO MANY EPISODES. So we'll be releasing them soon. Don't forget Spoilers Club, June 25! Also: Goodreads STATION ETERNITY Giveaway (open through June 30) S18 Ep40 2022 Word Count: 73335 ?? (are we even in the same ballpark?) Writing Retreat coming at the end of May Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 177 Main Topic: Interview with Gwynne Garfinkle Debut novel: Can’t Find My Way Home by Gwynne Garfinkle  Th...

[ISBW] Don't Wait. Dangit.

June 14, 2022 16:00 - 34 minutes - 34.9 MB

Pre-show Notes I've been stressed out finishing my book, and sat on SO MANY EPISODES. So we'll be releasing them soon. Don't forget Spoilers Club, June 25! Also: Goodreads STATION ETERNITY Giveaway (open through June 30) Total raw wordcount for 2022: 118656 Open 2022 Word Count: 73335 ?? Writing Retreat coming at the end of May Good News Good News Marketing Department Station Eternity social media artwork FTW! Team Rejection count: 177 Main Topic: Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Tru...

[ISBW] Editing and Cross Referencing Hell

June 11, 2022 16:00 - 28 minutes - 29.5 MB

Pre-show Notes I've been stressed out finishing my book, and sat on SO MANY EPISODES. So we'll be releasing them soon. Don't forget Spoilers Club, June 25!  Also: Goodreads STATION ETERNITY Giveaway (open through June 30) Total raw wordcount for 2022: 118656 S18 Ep38 Open 2022 Word Count: 71335 ?? Writing Retreat coming at the end of May Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 177 Main Topic: Editing, Cross Referencing, and Matching Numbers Timelines in your stories can...

[ISBW] What Can A REAL Lawyer Tell Us About Copyright and IP

May 13, 2022 16:00 - 50 minutes - 47.3 MB

Please Note,While Solicitor Kenner is A lawyer, she's still not YOUR lawyer, so do not take anything said here as direct legal advice.   Open 2022 Word Count: 68178 ?? Writing Retreat coming at the end of May Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 171 Sourdough starters growing up and ready to go to school Main Topic: Your Writing, Copyright and Intellectual Properties Trademarks, and referring to brands in fiction Fair Use: The Rules, The Limitations, and Usages Titles...

[ISBW] Minor Characters

May 12, 2022 16:00 - 37 minutes - 34.6 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: 68178 Writing Retreat coming in May Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 150 Main Topic: On Supporting Characters Whydunit is more important than Whodunit The Afterparty on Apple TV It’s good to focus on moving the plot along, but think about doing it well Babylon 5 “A View From the Gallery”, and the adventures of Mack and Bo. The Contagonist as Catalyst Build the back stories for the minor characters just as carefully as the main characters Link...

[ISBW] Unwritten Etiquette for Writers

May 08, 2022 16:00 - 53 minutes - 49.2 MB

Main Topic: Unwritten Etiquette The etiquette of talking about reading stories by your other author friends Don’t ask if they read it, don’t ask if they liked it The Blurb: the asking and the being asked The unwritten rules for signing lines Reader etiquette regarding used books About well-wishes for award nominations Remember, reviews are for other readers, not the writer (and potential mine fields) Social Media: Promotion vs Self-Promotion (balanced by volume) Networking: ...

[ISBW] Rejectomancy

May 07, 2022 16:00 - 34 minutes - 32.2 MB

Main Topic: Rejectomancy Revisited Diving into the alchemy of deciphering rejection letters Does the story fit the magazine it’s being submitted to? Social Media: the game is afoot and no one knows the rules Try to level up networking skills Links Merch Shop Mur on Twitter Mur on Instagram Mur on Youtube Mur's newsletter, The Hot Mic Support via Patreon or Ko-Fi! John Anealio on Bandcamp Twitch schedule for week of May 9: Mon: 4:30pm Ditch Diggers with Alasdair Stuart...

[ISBW] Unboxing: Story Engine

May 05, 2022 16:00 - 40 minutes - 37.4 MB

Main Topic: Story Engine Unboxing: Story Engine… we have cards! Booster: Eldritch Horror set Today’s quandary is how to run a giveaway for the spare Story Engine set. Roll for wild luck. Walking through the decks, and how to use them to help you tell your stories Buy Your Own Story Engine deck: https://storyenginedeck.myshopify.com Links Merch Shop Mur on Twitter Mur on Instagram Mur on Youtube Mur's newsletter, The Hot Mic Support via Patreon or Ko-Fi! John Anealio o...

[ISBW] Devil's Advocate: The Case for Distractions

May 03, 2022 22:00 - 34 minutes - 31.7 MB

Main Topic: Distractions Sometimes, we just need a person, pet or thing to bounce ideas & questions off of The games more fun to play have the more intricate and fleshed out stories Writing on side projects when you get stuck on a primary project can be a good thing Emotions are not reality, but take the emotions out of how the distractions make you feel ISBW archives and DD archives are complete! Links Merch Shop Mur on Twitter Mur on Instagram Mur on Youtube Mur's newsle...

[ISBW] I AM A FLAWED WRITER

April 24, 2022 12:00 - 38 minutes - 36 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: 65178 Your Mur doesn’t pun, and your daddy doesn’t rock ‘n roll Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 141 ?? Spoilers Club: “One for All” by Lillie Lainoff – April 30, 6pm Eastern Main Topic: Examinations of Flaws in the Writing Over explaining or under explaining in descriptions and dialogue Repeating repetitive phrases over and over The challenges in designing satisfying interpersonal conflict Editing cleanup on Aisle 4 Working with the characters...

[ISBW] What Makes a Setting Really Work?

April 21, 2022 19:00 - 33 minutes - 31.3 MB

Please note as of April 21, 2022, I Should Be Writing is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives 4.0 License. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Open 2022 Word Count: 50200 Science research! Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 141 Welcome Cosmo Quest raiders! Spoilers Club: “One for All” by Lillie Lainoff Main Topic: Hitting Home Runs with Your Story Settings Tips on making settings come to life… it’s all about the details Guidelines for using real ...

[ISBW] Peek at Patreon: Grab Bag of Topics

April 14, 2022 16:00 - 53 minutes - 49.5 MB

  Main Topic: Talking taxes, money, habits, and news Amazing reveals in 2022 Hugo Finalist announcements Spoilers Club reminder: One for All by Lillie Lainoff, copy giveaways next week Tangling with Taxes, what can help freelancers YNAB: https://www.youneedabudget.com/our-app-lineup/ How advances work (a breakdown) Patreon: Bar Con Chat and Notes Resurrecting the Magic Spreadsheet? Requesting recommendations for Tips & Tricks for alternatives to “write every day” [ Turbo Tango ...

[ISBW] How Should You Use Social Media?

April 13, 2022 22:00 - 42 minutes - 39.7 MB

Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 115 First new Ditch Diggers has arrived! Spoilers Club, April 30, 6pm: One for All by Lillie Lainoff  Main Topic: How You Should Use Social Media (At Your Career Stage)? Elon Musk. Buying into Twitter. Because speech freedoms confuse him? Facebook is the worst. Facebook decides who sees your content, not you. Tik Tok… hmph, get off my lawn Choose what safeguards work best for your online presence comfort levels Be your best self, be k...

[ISBW] Rights, Creative Commons, National Backup Day, BUT NOT BORING

April 07, 2022 12:00 - 43 minutes - 42.3 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: 44000 (?) Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 111 Ditch Diggers returns April 4, Noon Eastern! Book Club: “One for All” by Lillie Lainoff Main Topic: Important yet Boring writing related side topics Are you doing your backups of your work? And you know you should be, right? There are so many cloud-based options, what are you waiting for? Now, about your rights and copyright… Creative Commons licensing: ​​https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ Strea...

[ISBW] What is “punching down” humor?

April 03, 2022 12:00 - 36 minutes - 33.8 MB

NOTE- Releasing early so everyone knows to come see the return of Ditch Diggers on April 4, 2022, on Twitch! Open 2022 Word Count: 43300 (?) Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 108 Ditch Diggers returns April 4, Noon Eastern! Book Club News: Spoilers Club goals Camp NaNoWriMo starts April 1 Main Topic: Humor is subjective but doesn’t have to be cruel Is it funny if the joke’s purpose is to make fun of someone else in a less powerful situation? Sometimes, you don’t have t...

[ISBW] Opportunity vs Self Care: How Can You Tell?

April 02, 2022 15:00 - 46 minutes - 43.3 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: 41200 (?) Does Mur need her own cruise? Signs point to “yes” Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 100 Ditch Diggers returns April 4! SFWA Membership requirements have been updated Main Topic: Applied Self Help Strategies. Chances. Opportunities. Luck. Shonda. Rhimes. Scientific study examining luck as the convergence of talent, opportunity and hard work: “How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life” by Janice Kaplan ...

[ISBW] Mystical Agent Wizards and their Wizarding Mysteries

March 31, 2022 22:00 - 29 minutes - 27.5 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: 41200 (?) Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 93 (maybe? Bots broke themselves) Ditch Diggers returns April 4! Horizon Forbidden West Family Game Time Main Topic: Agents, and the Magic We Need them to Do Listener question: when to approach an agent when publishing agreements are already in place How to find out who represents an author Basic reasons why you need an agent March 22, 2022 | Season 18 Ep 24 | murverse.com Copyright 2022, Mur Lafferty | ...

[ISBW] Ursula Vernon, Chaos Demigoddess, Is In The House

March 25, 2022 18:07 - 1 hour - 66.6 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: 39600ish Ursula’s word count today: 1120 Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 93 Main Topic: Ursula Vernon. ‘Nuff Said. A Wild T. Kingfisher Appears! Here There Be Cursing… Sushi Good, deep fried fish bad… wait, what? Nah, really? Book Club: We Fear No Spoilers Here (or, Don’t Talk About Spoiler Club) The dietary habits of oxpeckers Story time: Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking Evil Mur and Evil Ursula Appear! Ursula’s new project: Steven Univer...

[ISBW] Brain Weasels that have nothing to do with Writing

March 23, 2022 00:00 - 31 minutes - 29.2 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: 38500? Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 93 Last chance Hugo nominations (ends March 15) Upcoming changes at Escape Pod Main Topic: Brain weasels When brain weasels attack and charge down riding the avoidance buffaloes Juggling the various stresses that live rent free in your brain, when they don’t need to be there The weasels may be strongest at the start Control the lure of the distractions March 15, 2022 | Season 18 Ep 22 | murverse.com Copyr...

[ISBW] Fiction Traps and How to Avoid Them

March 17, 2022 16:00 - 27 minutes - 25.6 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: 38083 Good News Good News Team Rejection count: 81 Yay Premee Nebula nom Yay secret project update Notes on Writing the Other [ dog cam and dog treats activated ] Main Topic: Falling into those Fiction Traps, and Ways to Sidestep Them Writing yourself into a corner using a background character that grows beyond your boundaries Art imitating life, but life is not narratively tidy, while fiction tends to be Feed your subconscious deeply and well, and let ...

[ISBW] Task Avoidance: We WANT to write… right?

March 16, 2022 00:00 - 38 minutes - 36 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: 37083 Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open through March 15 Team Rejection count: 81 Nebula Awards Finalists announced, and there was much rejoicing! Ditch Diggers update Main Topic: Task Avoidance Hows and Whys Taking action: applying things learned from self-help tips Finding the reasons (fears) we are practicing task avoidance with the writing that needs to be done (perfectionism, sunk costs fallacies, etc) Ira Glass “The Gap”            ...

[ISBW] Sanderson's Success, As Told Through Animal Crossing

March 12, 2022 21:24 - 39 minutes - 36.2 MB

Open 2022 Word Count: ~34809 Doing character research… ? Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open through March 15 Team Rejection count: 78 ISBW Book Club launch imminent Main Topic: Why most writers can't duplicate Sanderson, told through Animal Crossing metaphors.  Clearing the slates in Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing Building a new island with Brandon Sanderson-like business aplomb Working to make enough money to be able to buy cool stuff to make your island better...

[ISBW] How Can We Use Agency to Make Our Stories Better?

March 08, 2022 23:00 - 28 minutes - 26.4 MB

ISBW S18 Ep18 Open 2022 Word Count: ~34000 Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: 55 Main Topic: The Agency that Characters Should Have Giving lead & side characters the ability to make choices about their own paths Good choices, bad choices, at least they make the choices March 1, 2022 | Season 18 Ep 18 | murverse.com Copyright 2022, Mur Lafferty | BY-NC-SA 3.5 License

[ISBW] Story Bibles: What are they, Do I need one?

March 01, 2022 17:00 - 44 minutes - 40.8 MB

Open Mur’s newest, STATION: ETERNITY, will be out on October 4 2022 (Cover So Pretty) 2022 Word Count: ~31000 Murder mysteries should not be boring There’s no such thing as a working convention visit Authors cannot control book prices. Don’t yell at them about that, please? Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: 44 Beefing up story in Midsolar Murders Book 2 Will Staehle: Art Good Main Topic: Making Story Bibles Work Why you might need...

[ISBW] Which Word is Worst: Could or Should?

March 01, 2022 14:00 - 32 minutes - 29.9 MB

Open STATION ETERNITY will be out on October 4 2022 (Cover So Pretty) 2022 Word Count: ~34000 Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: 50 Main Topic: The Burdens of “Could” and “Should” Analysis Paralysis has entered the building… with a shiv… now what? When stories are wanted, needed and cared about. Or not. Evil Mur appears! What to work on when Move on to new projects February 24, 2022 | Season 18 Ep 17 | murverse.com Copyright 2022, ...

[ISBW] The End... ?

February 25, 2022 21:00 - 32 minutes - 30 MB

Open Mur’s newest, STATION ETERNITY, will be out on October 4 2022 (Cover So Pretty) 2022 Word Count: 29193 Heading for Boskone Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: 42 Main Topic: Ending Your Stories Ambiguous endings: where lies the story satisfaction? The endings structure of romances Save the Cat Beat Sheet for story parts Advice on Endings from James Patrick Kelly “Beginnings, Middles, and Ends” by Nancy Kress “Save the Cat Wri...

[ISBW] The End... ?

February 25, 2022 21:00

Open Mur’s newest, STATION ETERNITY, will be out on October 4 2022 (Cover So Pretty) 2022 Word Count: 29193 Heading for Boskone Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: 42 Main Topic: Ending Your Stories Ambiguous endings: where lies the story satisfaction? The endings structure of romances Save the Cat Beat Sheet for story parts Advice on Endings from James Patrick Kelly “Beginnings, Middles, and Ends” by Nancy Kress “Save the Cat Wri...

[ISBW] LIES

February 22, 2022 14:00 - 34 minutes - 31.6 MB

Open Mur’s newest, STATION ETERNITY, will be out on October 4, 2022 Saved by Save The Cat Beat Sheets 2022 Word Count: 27890 Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: 40 New Book Cover Reveal on io9 Feb 17th Evil Mur Appears! Main Topic: LIES Emotions are not Reality Self confidence, self doubt, and the roller coaster ride between Depression Lies, Anxiety Lies, Dr House reminds us Everybody Lies Artist’s Way vs Finding Water February 1...

[ISBW] Let’s Build A Character!

February 17, 2022 14:00 - 44 minutes - 40.9 MB

Open (Pre-Open) Pick a word, and use it a lot (new Evil Mur tip?) Mur’s newest, STATION ETERNITY, will be out on October 4 2022 Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: 38 New book: Slaying the Dragon by Ben Riggs Main Topic: Let’s Build A Character! Using a character toolkit to help create characters for your story Better Backstories cards (see links) could help jumpstart ideas Yes, fictional characters living rent-free in your head is comm...

[ISBW] How Do I Workshops?

February 16, 2022 17:00 - 42 minutes - 39.2 MB

Open (Pre-Open) Dogs Run the Joint! Mur’s newest, STATION ETERNITY, will be out on October 4 2022 Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: 35 Audio Drama inspiration New Assistant onboard Main Topic: How Do I Workshops ADHD-Friendly organization methods, revisited Prioritizing tasks randomly: Taking the D20 roll to heart Will there be a Brindlewood Bay stream in the future? Writing Workshop Etiquette & Guidelines Structure for receivin...

[ISBW] Are You Drowning in Productivity?

February 10, 2022 14:00 - 27 minutes - 25.1 MB

Open (Pre-Open) Babylon 5 old and new Giveaway: SVG and Bump Words: No Words Yet Today Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: 34 Word Compensation, yay! Main Topic: Productivity Overwhelm Overload When seeking out productivity tools becomes part of the distraction problem When working with many different methods & systems causes productivity setbacks Planners, planning and ADHD… let’s roll a D20 and go from there! February 3, 2022 | Sea...

[ISBW] Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

February 09, 2022 05:00 - 31 minutes - 29 MB

Open (Pre-Open) Stream Raiders game dev sausage making WIP: A Swarm of Cuckoos, 19,407 words Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: up to 34 (19 new ones from Brian alone) Reality Checks: stop worrying about the (podcast) numbers Main Topic: Look at Your Own Paper (Focus on Your Work) Keep yourself mentally healthy by avoiding comparing your career with others’ Freedom to write what you want, or maintain the momentum of what has been selling...

[ISBW] HAVE LIFECHANGING WORKSHOPS, uh, changed With Gregory Ashe

February 05, 2022 17:00 - 36 minutes - 33.9 MB

  Open Special Saturday Stream! Working on new office layout   Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: now at 14 Greg is working on draft of Book 4 in his series   Main Topic: Greg’s Teaching & Writing Greg is teaching one of the Odyssey Workshop’s Winter Online Sessions Pandemic influence: Odyssey shifting to 100% online instead of a 6-week in-house program Series and characters, likeable vs deserving Mur gets pointers for writ...

[ISBW] Matt Wallace Declares the Year of the Fat Kid!

February 03, 2022 23:00 - 48 minutes - 45.2 MB

[NOTE: this episode has some NSFW language] Open Welcome back from the wilderness, Matt F’n Wallace! Scrivener will indeed tell you how many words you wrote in a year Mur is making progress on Midsolar Murders Book 2 Matt is working on a video game he can’t talk about yet, and we await Savage Crowns Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: now at 14 Main Topic: Matt’s New Middle Grade Book This is the book Matt always wanted as a kid, so now...

[ISBW] (Meta) State of the Shows, and Mur

February 02, 2022 21:00 - 29 minutes - 27.3 MB

Open Yesterday: adventure flails + research rabbit holes = zero words written Good News Good News Hugo nominations are open for 2022 Team Rejection count: now at 14 Rescue Adventure Fumble Saving Throw Success! Main Topic: Game of Goals Setting goals, meeting goals from different directions, and changing things up What to do when growth is shrinking rather than growing Is there a better way to find a better fitting niche for your podcast? Goal: A Scifi Writing Stream Team Drea...

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