Series: I Should Be Writing

Writing interviews and how-tos from a SF writer who’s still learning.

Words Have Power!

Yeah, it’s cliche, but the basic decisions on how to describe people, considering your POV and your own biases, can dramatically affect your book. December 1, 2020 | Season 16 Ep 48 (Episode 546) | murverse.com | Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty |…

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Are Goals for Writers Different?

A little bit of NaNoWriMo wrap-up, but then we deal with the idea of goals again, and the trouble I have with these goal programs that are everywhere. And I’m taking another one now.    December 3, 2020 | Season 16 Ep 49 (Episode 547) |…

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Equipment – Rerun

Monsters you can come across on your adventure including the evil time eater… Goal: 21,666   November 14, 2020 | Rerun from Nov. 16, 2016 Season 16 Ep 48 (Episode 545) | murverse.com Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty | BY-NC-SA 3.5 License

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The Time Eater – Rerun

Monsters you can come across on your adventure including the evil time eater…   November 13, 2020 | Rerun from Nov. 8, 2016 Season 16 Ep 47 (Episode 544) | murverse.com Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty | BY-NC-SA 3.5 License

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WMUR – Wanting Nothing! – Rerun

Back to the spoof radio shows, this time we look at the soap opera, and how it gives us one of the basic things about characters. Namely- they’ve got to WANT something. Goal: 20,000 November 12, 2020 | Rerun from Nov. 3, 2017 Season 16 Ep 46 (Episode…

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No Magic Bullets – Rerun

DESPITE what I posted yesterday about the power of placebos, you still have to do the work, sorry to say. Ain’t nothing out there going to do it for you. And around this time you have to remember that. Just also remember you’re not alone. Goal: 18,333…

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WMUR – The People’s Placebo – Rerun

Do you need that cup of tea, or the right music, or your lucky Star Wars figure to sit beside your monitor so you can imagine it saying “you got this!” Whatever feather you need to hold in your trunk, if it helps you get the words done, then don’t…

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Write whenever you can – Rerun

I talk about good old Chuck Palahniuk and how he wrote Fight Club. If it’s good enough for the NYT Bestseller then it’s good enough for you! Or something more motivational. (He wasn’t a bestseller when he wrote Fight Club, you know.) November 9, 2020…

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WMUR – Nonlinear Writing – Rerun

Write whatever scene is in your mind. Don’t worry about whether it follows the last scene, or even if it’s got the right characters. Just get the words down, and fix it in edits! Goal: 13333 November 8, 2020 | Rerun from Nov. 6, 2017 Season 16 Ep 42…

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Filler – Rerun

Now is the time to pull out all your description: food, drink, color, touch, adverbs, adjectives, spelling out contractions, etc. All of that and more. Get those words in, by any means necessary! Goal- 11666   November 7, 2020 | Rerun from Nov….

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