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"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.

I Should Be Writing Mur Lafferty

    • Arts
    • 4.3 • 321 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.

    [ISBW] From Patent Memos to Nebula Nods with Wole Talabi

    [ISBW] From Patent Memos to Nebula Nods with Wole Talabi

    S20 Ep13: In Which Mur Attends Wole Talabi's Creative Alchemy
    Transcript
    "The primary driver of my sense of success is, 'do I feel happy with what I've done?'" - Wole Talabi

    Mur chats with Wole Talabi, an engineer turned author (but still engineer). They discuss the Schrodinger's Cat of publishing, the thrill of rewriting old stories for new audiences, and the joy of challenging the norms of fiction.
    Links:
    Wole Talabi
    Nebula Awards
    Hugo Awards
    Locus Awards
    Sidewise Awards for Alternate History
    Lightspeed Magazine (with Wole's interview)
    Caine Prize
    Namwali Serpell and her short story "Account"
    99 Fleeting Fantasies
    Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology
    Glasgow 2024 Worldcon (World Science Fiction Convention)
    Evergreen Links
    Like the podcast? Get the book! I Should Be Writing book.
    Socials: Bluesky, Mastodon, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Focusmate.
    Theme by John Anealio
    Savor I Should Be Writing tea blends
    Support local book stores! Station Eternity, Six Wakes, Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition and more!
    OR Get signed books from my friendly local store, Flyleaf Books!
    All books featured in Season 20
    Some of the links above may be affiliate, allowing you to support the show at no extra cost to you. Also consider leaving a review for ISBW, please!
    "From Patent Memos to Nebula Nods with Wole Talabi" is brought to you in large part by by my supporters, who received an early, expanded version of this episode. You can join our Fabulist community with a pledge on Patreon or Substack!
    CREDITS
    Theme song by John Anealio, art by Numbers Ninja, and files hosted by Libsyn (affiliate link)
    "From Patent Memos to Nebula Nods with Wole Talabi" by Mur Lafferty
    is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA
    April 17, 2024 | Season 20 Ep 13 | murverse.com

    • 55 min
    [ISBW] Riding the Revision Rollercoaster

    [ISBW] Riding the Revision Rollercoaster

    S20 Ep 12: In Which Mur Plans to Turn Hurt Feelings into Finished Drafts
    Transcript
    "I read over the notes and I got mad and I got my feelings hurt." - Mur (being fussy)
    I've received my edit letter about Infinite Archive, so I'm handling all the emotions that carries with it.  ADHD complicated my perception of time, so figuring out how long it will take me is a challenge.
    Valerie Valdes joins the chat with some excellent advice, like adding extra time to your deadlines to account for the unexpected. Then we touch on the basic concept of "someone comes to town, someone leaves down" (also a Cory Doctorow book title.)
    We also touch on the concept of love triangles in fiction, sparking a conversation about the trope's effectiveness and its alternatives.
    Links:
    Valerie Valdes (aka @thekidsareasleep) and her Locus-longlisted book Where Peace is Lost. Cory Doctorow Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Writing the Other (course) Neil Gaiman on "Entitlement Issues" Paul and Storm (Also ISBW fans will recognize the voice behind this other GRRM focused song, "George RR Martin Is Not Your Bitch") Jeff VanderMeer's Wonderbook James Patrick Kelly A Song of Ice and Fire Evergreen Links
    Like the podcast? Get the book! I Should Be Writing book. My newsletter, The Hot Mic, and my Patreon. Supporting either of those will get you perks like access to the discord, exclusive content, and early, ad-free episodes. Socials: Bluesky, Mastodon, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Focusmate. Theme by John Anealio Savor I Should Be Writing tea blends Support local book stores! Station Eternity, Six Wakes, Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition and more! OR Get signed books from my friendly local store, Flyleaf Books! (go here for all the books mentioned in 2024)
    "Riding the Revision Rollercoaster"  is brought to you in large part by by my supporters, who received an early, expanded version of this episode. You can join our Fabulist community with a pledge on Patreon or Substack!
    Some of the links above may be affiliate, allowing you to support the show at no extra cost to you. Also consider leaving a review for ISBW, please!
    CREDITS
    Theme song by John Anealio, art by Numbers Ninja,
    and files hosted by Libsyn (affiliate link). Get archives of the show via Patreon. April 15, 2024 | Season 20 Ep 12 | murverse.com
    "The Revision Rollercoaster - From Hurt Feelings to Finished Drafts" by Mur Lafferty
    is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

    • 20 min
    [ISBW] The Landscape of Grief with Scott Alexander Howard

    [ISBW] The Landscape of Grief with Scott Alexander Howard

    S20 Ep11: In which we travel "The Other Valley" with Scott Alexander Howard
    Transcript
    "I wrote it in a blissful who cares? Mentality, like, 'oh, well, genre will sort itself out.'" - Scott Alexander Howard
    In this episode, we're joined by Scott Alexander Howard, author of The Other Valley, a novel where literary meets speculative. Scott delves into his journey from philosophy to fiction, sharing how his background influenced the emotional depth of his debut. We discuss the challenges of genre and the slow dance of publishing.
    Links:
    Scott Alexander Howard The Other Valley Elena Ferrante Ted Chiang Virginia Woolf Yoko Ogawa Marilynne Robinson Jenny Erpenbeck Martin McInnes

    Evergreen Links
    Like the podcast? Get the book! I Should Be Writing book. My newsletter, The Hot Mic, and my Patreon. Supporting either of those will get you perks like access to the discord, exclusive content, and early, ad-free episodes. Socials: Bluesky, Mastodon, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Focusmate. Theme by John Anealio Savor I Should Be Writing tea blends Support local book stores! Station Eternity, Six Wakes, Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition and more! OR Get signed books from my friendly local store, Flyleaf Books! (go here for all the books mentioned in 2024)
    "The Landscape of Grief with Scott Alexander Howard"  is brought to you in large part by by my supporters, who received an early, expanded version of this episode. You can join our Fabulist community with a pledge on Patreon or Substack!
    Some of the links above may be affiliate, allowing you to support the show at no extra cost to you. Also consider leaving a review for ISBW, please!
    CREDITS
    Theme song by John Anealio, art by Numbers Ninja,
    and files hosted by Libsyn (affiliate link). Get archives of the show via Patreon. April 12, 2024 | Season 20 Ep 11 | murverse.com
    "The Landscape of Grief with Scott Alexander Howard" by Mur Lafferty
    is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

    • 46 min
    [ISBW] Navigating Imposter Syndrome on the JoCo Cruise

    [ISBW] Navigating Imposter Syndrome on the JoCo Cruise

    I Should Be Writing Season 20, Episode 10 "I felt like a cuckoo among very pretty birds." - Mur
    Fresh off the JoCo cruise, we discusses the allure of nerd paradise and how navigating imposter syndrome is a frequent struggle. I share tabletop RPG antics, celebrity karaoke adventures, and the amazing feeling of having legitimately cool creators accept you. Self doubt did show up, and I'll talk about how I dealt with that.
    Also, what should I do for my 20th year podcasting celebration?
    Other links: 
    JoCo Cruise Jonathan Coulton Skullcrusher Mountain Chiron Beta Prime Portal (Video Game) Portal 2 (Video Game) NPR Ask Me Another That Bronze Girl (Twitch) Drunk History James S.A. Corey (Ty Franck) The Expanse Tochi Onyebuchi Mari Naomi Our Flag Means Death Oscar Nunez Vico Ortiz Scott Alexander Howard The Other Valley (Book by Scott Alexander Howard) Evergreen Links
    I don't talk enough about the I Should Be Writing book. It exists. Go buy it! My newsletter, The Hot Mic, and my Patreon. Supporting either of those will get you perks like access to the discord, exclusive content, and early, ad-free episodes. Socials: Bluesky, Mastodon, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Focusmate. Theme by John Anealio Savor I Should Be Writing tea blends Support local book stores! Station Eternity, Six Wakes, Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition and more! OR Get signed books from my friendly local store, Flyleaf Books! (go here for all the books mentioned in Season 20)
    Your support keeps our ship afloat. Thank you for being part of the crew.
    If you can't give monetarily, then consider leaving a review wherever you get your podcasts!
    April 18, 2024 | Season 20 Ep 10 | murverse.com | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

    • 21 min
    [ISBW] Evil Mur Takes Over the Secret Seagull Shack

    [ISBW] Evil Mur Takes Over the Secret Seagull Shack

    I Should Be Writing Season 20, Episode 9 Transcript
    "If you don't start out perfect, you're never going to be good." - Evil Mur
    Evil Mur is back giving terrible advice and it's a wild ride through the looking glass of a writer's darker musings. We cover questioning the point of writing when perfection eludes us to the ruthless strategy of writing on the job. She gives some seriously excellent advice about emotions in horror, and offers an unorthodox method for trimming the fat from your prose. We touch on the Hugo Awards and reveal the cover of Mur's upcoming book, Infinite Archive.
    Be warned: Evil Mur doesn't play by the rules, and neither does her advice.
    Other links: 
    JoCo Cruise Baldur’s Gate 3 (game) The Secret (book) Jonathan Livingston Seagull (book) The Celestine Prophecy (book) Infinite Archive (book) How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (book) Hugo Awards Save the Cat Writes a Novel (book) Penguin Random House (publisher) Twitch (MightyMur) Evergreen Links I don't talk enough about the I Should Be Writing book. It exists. Go buy it! My newsletter, The Hot Mic, and my Patreon. Supporting either of those will get you perks like access to the discord, exclusive content, and early, ad-free episodes. Socials: Bluesky, Mastodon, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Focusmate. Theme by John Anealio Savor I Should Be Writing tea blends Support local book stores! Station Eternity, Six Wakes, Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition and more! OR Get signed books from my friendly local store, Flyleaf Books! (go here for all the books in Season 20)
    Support the show, if you dare, and remember: Evil Mur is watching. Write like it's your last act of defiance.
    CREDITS
    Theme song by John Anealio, art by Numbers Ninja, site design by Clockpunk Studio
    and files hosted by Libsyn (affiliate link). Get archives of the show via Patreon. April 5, 2024 | Season 20 Ep 9 | murverse.com
    "The Epiphany of Routine" by Mur Lafferty
    is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

    • 33 min
    [ISBW] The Epiphany of Routine: Embracing Structure in a Creative Life Structure in a Creative Life

    [ISBW] The Epiphany of Routine: Embracing Structure in a Creative Life Structure in a Creative Life

    I Should Be Writing Season 20, Episode 7 Transcript
    I found myself looking for my own magic bullet and getting frustrated a the media who take the idea of a daily routine--something people with ADHD people need--and play it off as only done by stodgy, unfun dorks. I discuss Josh Zimmerman's videos, how creation is like jumping off a diving board for me, my solo RPG plans, and promote Premee Mohamed's books and bullying. 
    From the fear of preparation to the power of routines for neurodiverse individuals, we open up about the importance of finding what works for you—even if it means facing your own hypocrisy. Plus, hear about the anticipation of the JoCo cruise, the chaos of running Brindlewood Bay RPGs, and why sometimes, you just have to leap off the high dive. 
    Other links: 
    Apple Fitness Plus Ray Bradbury, Zen and the Art of Writing Stranger Than Fiction (movie) Publishers Weekly File 770 JoCo Cruise Ursula Vernon Brindlewood Bay (RPG) Evergreen Links I don't talk enough about the I Should Be Writing book. It exists. Go buy it! My newsletter, The Hot Mic, and my Patreon. Supporting either of those will get you perks like access to the discord, exclusive content, and early, ad-free episodes. Socials: Bluesky, Mastodon, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Focusmate. Theme by John Anealio I Should Be Writing tea blends Support local book stores! Station Eternity, Six Wakes, Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition and more! OR Get signed books from my friendly local store, Flyleaf Books! Check out all the books we've featured this year! And remember, we can't do this without you. Thanks for your support.
    March 12, 2024 | Season 20 Ep 8 | murverse.com | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
321 Ratings

321 Ratings

Oraxis ,

Your Partner in Vulnerability

Listening to the “I Should Be Writing” podcast is a bit like having coffee with an old friend who unabashedly shares their vulnerabilities with you and reminds you that it’s okay to be imperfect. I give it four, rather than five, stars because the production quality and editing can be a bit shoddy sometimes.

Duvni ,

Love this podcast

Mur keeps it real and gives executable advice and straight talk. Must listen for aspiring authors

Jim Egbort ,

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Impeccable vibes.

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