Confessions of a Struggling Writer

I am a writer. I aspire to be an author. Those aspirations are what fuel my struggle. Join me in my trials and tribulations to see my name on a book.

J.R. Murdock

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Short Fiction by J.R. Murdock.

When I started this story, I thought "What would you do if you knew the world was about to end?" Personally I'd panic, but this story looks at it from a couple of people who don't. They go about their lives just like nothing is going wrong.

This story appeared in Aoife's Kiss. This was my first print sale and the second publication I received with my name in it. The publisher had a lot of great things to say about this story. I hope you enjoy it.

Listen to Haircut

Episode #5: Habits

Do you have a habit that prevents you from writing? Would you rather have writing be a habit? In today's episode I tackle the topic of habits. How to form the habits you want and get rid of the habits you don't want.

I'm Done! I'm Done! V&A Shipping is done!

This week's exercies: Describe a book.

Listen to Episode#5

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Stan's Mirror

Short Fiction by J.R. Murdock.

I wrote this story about a month after I wrote a 55 word story for Club 55. The story (below) entitled Stan's Dilema spured me to see how Stan dealt with his life afterwards.

Stan’s hover car jerked and bumped as loudly as his pregnant wife in the back seat screamed. The controls had stopped responding and smoke trailed from its rear. There was no time to save himself and his wife. After pulling the ejection lever and watching the fiery crash, he knew he’d made the wrong choice.

Granted I didn't want to do it as a sci-fi and you'll see that after you listen to the story. This story, althogh I've gone back and edited it, appeared in LightHouse Media One's anthology Maelstrom #1

This was my first work to see actual print. Not my first print sale as my first print sale didn't see print for many months after I'd sold it. I'm still proud of this story even though it did need some editing. I hope you like it too.


Listen to Stan's Mirror

Episode #4: Eating and Breathing

Why does diet and breathing affect how much I can write? How can you use diet,breathing, and light exercise to help increase your writing output and work past your 'writer's block'?

Word count for V&A Shipping is at 86000 words and progressing nicely.

This week's exercies: The Weather.

Listen to Episode#4

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Where are all the Gods?

Short Fiction by J.R. Murdock.

The idea for this story came while listen to the Shrek 2 sound track and I had to hear 'Holding out for a Hero' twice on that CD. The line '..and where are all the gods?' got me to thinking, where are all the gods? and what would someone do if they suddenly showed up? I laughed and wrote this story the very next day.

It's been said this is vaguely similar to Neil Gaiman's America Gods, but I've still not read that book and claim no influence of that work on this one.

Let me know how you like it.


Listen to Where are All the Gods

Episode #3: Reading

In this episode, I talk about reading. Different ways I read, how fast I read, and how to improve your own reading speed.

Word count for V&A Shipping is at 75000 words and progressing nicely.

This week's exercies, describe a pet.

Also this week I'm posting my first podcast fiction piece, Where Are All the Gods.

Listen to Episode#3

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Where am I at today?

Welcome to Episode #2 of Confessions of a Strugging Writer.

Where am I at today? This week I'll fill you in as to where I'm at in this stage of my writing career. The ups and downs that go with writing. I'll read you my contest submission for Putting You Passion Into Print.

This week's exercise has to do with food!


Listen here