How to write a book even if you have a "real life"
I'll bet money that you once had a dream to write a book, or be a painter, or learn a musical instrument. And then you grew up and got a mortgage and a spouse and a couple of kids, and you'd probably suck at it anyway. Now you have a "real life" so there's no reason to pursue these frivolous dreams, right? I call bull paddies; you can find time to write, you can fit creative pursuits into your "real life." I will teach you how.
Derek M. Koch commented
I want Mur to call "bull paddies" on all the excuses I make in my life re: my trying to make time to write!
Dennis Ti commented
I voted 3x for this, but I didn't have time to leave a comment. I need this (and you need this) talented woman to speak about making time for those sweet, sweet words!
Vote for Mur!
Ross Bennett commented
There is no shortage of books or lectures on how to write scenes, construct plots, or employ a classic story form. Mur Lafferty speaks brilliantly to those points when asked, but she does something far more precious and uncommon. Mur talks about writing as the greater pursuit, the purpose, the business, and the state of the human condition.
Mur Lafferty frankly and unflinchingly shares the uncertainties, the insecurities, and triumphs of the writer's vocation. She honestly examines her own experiences, frustrations, and neuroses that all of us have but so many are reluctant to face. Mur shows us how brilliant and rich the treasures are to be found while acknowledging the battle scars one sustains in refining one's craft. Inexplicably, the picture which emerges is like a roadmap showing the goal is not only knowable, but achievable.
Ms. Lafferty has inspired, guided, and encouraged a legion of new and aspiring writers through her highly-regarded podcasts, articles, and blogs. Her audiences come to know that writing may be formidable, but it is knowable and therefore doable. Most of all, her listeners leave knowing they as well as anyone can be successful writers, and--if they want to--they should be writing.
Nathan Lowell commented
Mur Lafferty has a life. Mur Lafferty writes books. Mur Lafferty has helped hundreds - if not thousands - of people deal with the issue of balancing a writing and family through her podcasting, her writing, and her example. A vivacious and dynamic speaker, she's sure to light a fire under the audience at Ignite Durham.
J.C. Hutchins commented
For years, Mur Lafferty has dazzled an audience of tens of thousands with her fiction, which she creates amidst a storm of competing projects and obligations -- the most important being her family. And yet, this ultra-creative writer rarely appears to break a sweat. If you crave to learn effective time management skills -- and the ability to juggle multiple projects, including writing long-form fiction -- there is no better teacher than Mur Lafferty. A creative force to be reckoned with, and an insightful, entertaining public speaker.
Michael Spence commented
If you insist on (and you should) the straight dope from someone who's Been There, Done That, and will show you how to Do That too, look no farther than Mur Lafferty. Many listeners have been encouraged by her "I Should Be Writing" podcast to find their own voice. Her guidance--backed by experience, honesty, and authenticity--will help you find yours.
Mur's experience and expertise is a benefit for any up and coming author. She has being doing her own ISBW (I should be Writing) podcast for 5 years.
Mur Lafferty is a the voice of experience for how to write while having a "real life." Her collection of written works presents a solid case that even with grownup responsibilities, children, pets and a marriage, you can still have a successful creative life. This is a talk that needs to happen!
Glenn Webber commented
Not only has Mur provided motivation, but her podcast has improved my writing skills as well. The information she has to share is invaluable.
Stephen R. Smith commented
I can think of few people as qualified as Mur to give this talk.
Lisa Creech Bledsoe commented
If you get prize money for winning Ignite Durham, I get a percentage. We can negotiate. Vote for Mur, people!
Tee Morris commented
Mur Lafferty is a dynamic speaker, a local talent, and a resource not to be overlooked. If you want to hear a voice of experience, make this talk happen.