Ditch Diggers #41: HOT BUTTON TOPICS

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Ditch Diggers 41: Hot Button Topics

  • Matt and Mur come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s 24-hour news network control room where we are discussing the latest hot button topics on the news! (Mur has a new applause machine, but it’s not working right now, so you’ll have to infer the applause.)
  • Sound f/x as the new vernacular, and addiction to sound f/x machines.
  • Mur and Matt are tackling ISSUES on this HOT BUTTON EPISODE of Ditch Diggers. AKA┬áheatedly discussed topics recently on writer social media.
  • Matt explains (poorly and too meta, according to Mur) what hot button issues are and how they come into being.
  • Mur explains (far more eloquently) the nature of click-bait and how it drives/poisons discourse on the internet.
  • Hot Button #1: The infamous “if you don’t write every day you’re not a real writer” article and the larger “real writer” myth.
  • Hot Button #2: The “don’t you dare smack talk your copy editor on social media” debate, and the larger issue of how important discourse gets derailed by pretense and false premises. We also discuss the difference between discussing issues and discussing individuals, and authors criticizing other authors.
  • Hot Button #3: “Literary” magazines publishing genre fiction, and also not paying authors.
  • Matt and Mur go on a tangent about the detriment of labeling fiction and how the market has shrunk.
  • Returning to the hot button, Matt and Mur talk about the difference between the business of “literary” and SFF magazines.
  • Twitter Q&A! Questions include outlining book series, “bonehead” things aspiring writers do again and again, and knives.

Matt and Mur shill their books, GREEDY PIGS and RENCOR and SIX WAKES respectively, and remind Hugo voting listeners Ditch Diggers is up for best fancast, so vote for us!


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Ditch Diggers #17 – Blisters

Blisters come whether you hate digging ditches or love it.

  • Mur and Matt establish it is very early in the morning.
  • Moat Building 101
  • Being overwhelmed with multiple projects, multiple deadlines, and how to (and how not to) prioritize your time.
  • Mur talks about her involvement in Bookburners, and how much time non-writing tasks take up when you’re writing.
  • Matt makes a bunch of fancy announcements and talks about having a novel to finish while simultaneously having to write the third book in his Sin du Jour series in a month.
  • Composing a plan to deal with your multiple deadlines and balancing it with the rest of your life.
  • Writing, deadlines, and significant others.
  • Mur talks about her experience with renting office space to write and removing herself from social media.
  • Mur and Matt take email questions and questions from Twitter on story structure, the hardest parts of writing for a living, and MFA programs.
  • Serial Box presents Bookburners.
  • Tor.com Publishing announces Matt’s new book deal.
  • Oh, and we’re sorry, Kate Elliott. Check out her book, Black Wolves, coming out next month from Orbit!

Books on story structure recommended by Mur in this episode…

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