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Treat your writing like a blue collar job. Doctors don't get doctor block and ditch diggers don't get ditch digger block, and working writers can't get writer's block. Business and humor.

Ditch Diggers Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 44 Ratings

Treat your writing like a blue collar job. Doctors don't get doctor block and ditch diggers don't get ditch digger block, and working writers can't get writer's block. Business and humor.

    How Many Kidneys Does Ursula Vernon Have?

    How Many Kidneys Does Ursula Vernon Have?

    Ursula joins me and we talk about body organs and just how important they are to a writing career.

    Just search kidney and writer and NYT. You'll find it.

    HEY check out my Speakeasy class on NaNoWriMo coming up on October 12, 8pm EDT!

    Twitch schedule for week of Oct 10

    Mon: 1pm Gaming (Dream Daddy)
    Tues: 3pm- I Should Be Writing
    Wed: 5pm Gaming (TBD)
    Thurs: 3pm- I Should Be Writing

    • 1 hr 19 min
    What Does John Milton Have To Do With YA?

    What Does John Milton Have To Do With YA?

    Yup, we're talking, a little late, about the YA Ratings debacle, but through the lens of dead white guy John Milton.

    Yeah, he was a cranky old man, writer of super long Bible fanfic, and helped with regicide a little bit, but he also was a strong anti-censorship advocate. Which, considering you could lose your head for writing something offensive, was pretty damn brave.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    What Do You Do When Your Books Don't Sell?

    What Do You Do When Your Books Don't Sell?

    Mur and Matt welcome back the Godmother of Ditch Diggers herself, Gail Carriger! Gail wanted to talk about what happens when you're a pro and your books don't sell. What avenues do we have?

    • 39 min
    Guest Hosts Ursula Vernon and Diana Rowland

    Guest Hosts Ursula Vernon and Diana Rowland

    I had some last minute changes come up, but the awesome authors Ursula Vernon and Diana Rowland ended up calling in and hanging out to talk about the tools we use in our careers, from Scrivener to assistants.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Exiled to Discord!

    Exiled to Discord!

    Matt and Mur return to Discord instead of Twitch, since we were taking a day off Twitch in solidarity with the streamers getting harassed on the platform.

    • 52 min
    Streaming on my own from the basement

    Streaming on my own from the basement

    The day was kind of a perfect storm for crap, so it ended up with me and the dogs and my phone, streaming from the basement.

    To quote Stuart Smalley, "This was not my best show." But I did it!

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Not as nice as I sound ,

Practical, Funny, and a kick in the pants

No Ditch Digger block, no writer’s blog, no not feeling inspired. Just focus on practical, effective tips on actually being an amazing author! No more excuses. Listen. Then write.

ExpendableLabor ,

Great story

This is a very entertaining story!

KukSoolMuncie ,

Pleasantly Surprised

I wasn't impressed with Matt Wallace from his Good Cop/Bad Cop shows. I felt like whatever good advice he may have given was tarnished by having to listen to his toxic BS.
Here though, he is thoughtful, insightful, and generally fun to listen to. He and Mur have lots to say and I am enjoying going through the past episodes.

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