Time for another one in my irregular little mini-interview series, Writing Habits!
It is difficult to overstate how much influence Mur Lafferty has had on me as a writer. After dabbling occassionally for most of my life, I first started taking this writing thing seriously back in about 2006, and Mur’s award-winning podcast I Should Be Writing was one of the first I discovered. Over the last five years, that podcast has been a constant companion, and Mur’s superhero novel Playing For Keeps was the first podcast novel I ever listened to. Mur’s writing advice is second-to-none, and the chronicles of her own journey as a writer have been inspirational. Mur is one of the people to listen to.
Most recently, Mur has been featured in Locus magazine and her latest novella, Marco and the Red Granny, was podcast by Hub magazine. Mur also hosts the monthly Angry Robot books podcast and is the editor of EscapePod, one of the premier free podcast fiction magazines. When Mur oversaw the expansion of the EscapePod website last year I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute as a guest blogger.
Ladies and gentlemen, the mighty Mur Lafferty!
Durham, NC, USA
What do you write?
I write superhero fiction (Playing For Keeps), afterlife fiction (The Heaven Series), zombie humor audiodramas (The Takeover), and just about anything else that leaps to mind. I find my mind going more toward novels these days, and usually only writing short fic when I’m solicited.
What are your writing habits?
I have a big problem I’m trying to overcome, and it’s the typical procrastinator’s problem; I don’t want to write if I have something nagging at me, so I have this magical image of having everything done so I can sit down with a clear brain and write. Which is bullshit because that stuff will never be done. My new practice is to wake up early, read either in my genre or a writing book/magazine, and then write. Normally my daily wordcount goal is 1000 but I am trying to finish a project now and it’s “as much as I can get done a day.”
What software or tools do you use?
I like to hand write notes, but I prefer Scrivener and Write or Die to write and edit, and then MS word for copyediting (not to mention everyone still wants their stuff in doc format so I have to make sure it looks good and is in standard manuscript format.) I love nice pens and pretty blank books, but the prettier the book, the more scared I am of writing in it because my handwriting is so awful. so I prefer cheap pads that I can mess up and it doesn’t look awful. (Although I do splurge on Moleskine every once in a while; that book looks *better* the more beat-up it is.)