Author(s): Mur Lafferty
I Should Be Writing is full of helpful advice and encouragement for the person who wants to get started writing inluding chapters on common misconceptions about writing, how to establish your own process, defining the elements of a good story, revising, and more.
The exercises in the book include short prompts to help the blossoming writer strengthen the writer’s muscle of writing every day as well as prompts that inspire the user to write a 50-word mini story.
Mur Lafferty's podcast, I Should Be Writing, has run for free, since 2005, helping new writers overcome both emotional ("Rejection! My career is OVER!") and craft-specific ("How do I choose a POV for my novel?") writing problems. The show reaches more than 8,000 listeners each week. Mur has been a podcaster for 11 years and has won the Podcast Peer Award and three Parsec Awards. She is also the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and of the Manly Wade Wellman Award. In 2015 she was inducted into the Podcaster Hall of Fame. She has hosted and/or created shows for Tor.com, Lulu, and Angry Robot Books, as well as created several of her own shows, like Geek Fu Action Grip and I Should Be Writing. Her newest show, Ditch Diggers, looks at writing from a business point of view.