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, March 30, 2006

Episode #10: Psychology of a Reader

What do readers look for and expect when they read a novel?

My first rejection for Astel was passive aggressive. It's out the door to another agent.

This week's exercice, describe a character in story form and keep that exercise around as we'll be doing a series of exercises that'll all work together into a short story.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006


Just a simple little Promo. Let me know if you play it on your podcast, I'll reciprocate. If you don't like this promo and think you can do better, by all means!

CoaSW Promo

Episode #9: Psychology of a Writer

I get a bit preachy in this one, but with good intent.

Astel is off to an Agent AND a Publisher.

No Exercise this week.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Don't Use the Phone

Short Fiction by J.R. Murdock.

This story started out with a title and a character consisting of three different co-workers of mine. I had no idea where this story was going to go when I'd written it. This story was a runner up in a Short Story contest at Jerry Jazz Musician. This is one of few fiction pieces I've written that aren't genre related in any way. Sometimes your mind wanders and you must follow where it takes you.

Don't Use The Phone

Episode #8: Bookmarking Creativity

So you want to sit down and just start writing. In this episode, I explain how I do it.

Done with editing Astel. Query Letter writting. Working on the Synopsis.

This week's exercies is to do with the Waling, yes indded it's about walking.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Me, Myself, and I...and I...and I

Short Fiction by J.R. Murdock.

I'm not sure what spurred me to write this story, but those who have read it have said 'that reminds me of 'this' story or 'that' story and I've gone off and read those stories. And yes, it's been done before. I submitted this to Mur's 'crit contest' at I Should Be Writing. She liked it, I hope you will as well.

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Episode #7: Pleasure and Pain

Two great motivators in life, and if you really look at it, the only two, are Pleasure and Pain.

Currently 80% done with editing a Girl and Her Dragon.

This week's exercies is to do with the Pleasure and Pain response.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

A Day in the Life of Ken Zombie

Short Fiction by J.R. Murdock.

I sat down and watched Shaun of the Dead and I couldn't help but think "What if a Zombie was a contributing member of society?" So I wrote this story to find just that out.

This story appeared in Quantum Muse. I actually got my first comment from someone I didn't know who said 'Thank you for bringing a smile to my day'. I hope it brings a smile to your day as well.

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Episode #6: Brainstorming and Journaling

So you've sat down to write, but nothing is coming out. This week we look at brainstorming and journaling to help break loose those cloged creative pipes in an effort to get the creative juices flowing.

Currently 1/3 done with editing a Girl and Her Dragon

This week's exercies, do the Brainstorming exercise.

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