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An Ignite talk by Mur Lafferty, @mightmur, at Ignite Durham during Global Ignite Week 2011 on Wednesday Feb 9th Carolina Theatre.

An Ignite talk by Mur Lafferty, @mightmur, at Ignite Durham during Global Ignite Week 2011 on Wednesday Feb 9th Carolina Theatre.

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How to write a book even if you have a “real life” How to write a book even if you have a “real life” Presentation Transcript

  • How to Write a Book When You Have a “Real Life” by Mur Lafferty (some writer chick)
  • The Ultimate Dream: I wanna be a writer when I grow up!
  • They're singing about me!
  • The Ultimate Reality: Oh crap. I grew up…
  • Why you aren’t writing… Reason One I don't have enough time.
  • 95% of my listeners say they do not have time to write . I wonder if they have time for: Television The Internet Computer Games Television Hanging with Friends Television Reading Television Television Hobbies Television
  • WHERE TIME GOES TO DIE... The average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). * Number of hours per day that TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes Number of hours of TV watched annually by Americans: 250 billion Value of that time assuming an average wage of $5/hour: $1.25 trillion   * According to the A.C. Nielsen Co.
  • Math is not so hard... Percentage of Americans who want to write a book: 81 * * The NY Times Percentage of Americans who say they  watch too much TV: 49 ** ** The A.C. Nielsen Co.
  • Ergo... Nearly 40% of Americans can easily find time to write just by cutting TV!
  • This guy's pits would totally help me wake up 45 minutes earlier to write. (if only to run away…)
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  • Why you aren’t writing… Reason Two I am no good.
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  • I think I'll be a runner...                             Lazy geek to marathoner…         Easy transition, right?
  • My #1 Mantra You must allow yourself  to suck at writing.
  • Why you aren’t writing… Reason Three My idea is JUST TOO PERFECT.
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  • So what happens if you do write your precious?         Our book in our minds...                       What we fear the  result will be...
  • How I picture my idea machine...
  • So many invented problems  hold us back...
  • You should be writing.   Priorities!   1) Family 2) Job 3) Health Television Video Games Television Television 4) Writing   www.ishouldbewriting.com   Photo Credits   http://www.flickr.com/photos/in2thewoodz9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyz/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom1231/ http://www.flickr.com/people/42931449@N07/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/betsyweber/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorow/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarpond/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalendae/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bootbearwdc/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/29158681@N00/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/clofresh/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/sportcommunities/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/missrogue/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/shstrng/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pocait/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickerbulb/