20 Minutes with Mur Lafferty

Literary Alchemist: Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty has a book coming out, a Not-A-Hugo award nomination (trans. the prestigious John W. Campbell Award) is editing Escape Pod and Angry Robot Books Worldbuilder Project and continues to produce the exceptional “I Should Be Writing” podcast and she STILL managed to swing by the Roundtable Skype line.  We’re glad she did (and you will be, too) as Mur discusses her experiences with depression, her current challenges as a writer, why she writes specfic, and more (and don’t miss Mur’s Workshop Episode)

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Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Mur Lafferty

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Episode Breakdown

00:54 – Mur’s Many Accomplishments

02:25 – Dealing with depression as a writer

  • 03:50 – Medication
  • 04:55 – Missing Medication
  • 06:10 – Differences in writing in depression
  • 07:00 – Good days and Bad days – what’s REALLY “writing”


08:02 – Fostering the Bubbling Pot

  • 08:25 – Yeah… it’s writing
  • 08:38 – The Perpetual Motion Machine
  • 09:14 – “How can you STOP your ideas?”
  • 10:05 – Don’t be afraid to suck


11:08 – Separation of Author and Character

  • 11:55 – Still working on characterization
  • 12:15 – Testing your characters
  • 13:00 – Create one character to react as I would (or wish I would)


13:15 – PROMO: Journey Into Podcast


15:10 – What aspect of your craft are you working on now?

  • 15:45 – Plot interweaving techniques
  • 16:42 – Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin
  • 16:50 – 1Q84 Haruki Murakami
  • 17:05 – Avoiding the reactive Everyman


18:12 – Why Genre writing?


22:48 – Blurry line between fantasy and madness


24:26 – Your Main Characters Don’t Start Heroic

  • 25:25 – Superman is the most boring superhero
  • 26:23 – Start broken and work towards functional


28:57 – Please establish a safe word


About Author

Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet drought of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.

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