Find Inspiration, Generate Ideas, & the Myth of the Perfect Concept

Writing a novel is a massive undertaking. Even a short one will consume hundreds, if not thousands of hours of your life. So it’s no surprise that so many people look for effective novel-writing strategies. What follows is the first post in my series on novel-writing. Through this series we’ll explore my current novel-writing process…Continue reading Find Inspiration, Generate Ideas, & the Myth of the Perfect Concept

A quick guide to the different types of editing — From content & line editors to beta readers & more.

Updated Sept. 30, 2019 Behind the scenes of favorite books can be a complicated place, especially when you’re talking about different types of editing. There are many stages of editing. For each stage, there’s a differnt type of editor specializing in that exact part of the process. In this post, I’ll break down editors into…Continue reading A quick guide to the different types of editing — From content & line editors to beta readers & more.

A week in the life of S.C. Barrus – Construction, Construction, Construction

This week got away from me fast. Recently I bought a house from the sixties, a ‘real fixer upper’ my four-year-old son calls it. It’s a great little house with a room for my office and a library. For real, I’m going to be able to tell people, “I’ll meet you in the library”, and…Continue reading A week in the life of S.C. Barrus – Construction, Construction, Construction

Music for reading

Music for reading — Check out this playlist with 42 hours of great reading music

I’ve been building a killer playlist on Spotify for two years. I called it Creativity Juice – Music for reading and writing. It’s somehow grown from a small collection of songs for me to read and write to, and now it’s over 42 hours long and has nearly 1000 followers! Check out the playlist here or…Continue reading Music for reading — Check out this playlist with 42 hours of great reading music

Themes of Grim Curio – Nihilism, The Absurd, and The Sacred is Dead

Themes are the underlying identity of a piece of fiction. In fairy tales, the prevailing theme is usually summed up in the final paragraph of the story. But in most fiction the theme is more of an underlying current, directing the reader to focus their attention of certain details. Ambitious works may use their themes…Continue reading Themes of Grim Curio – Nihilism, The Absurd, and The Sacred is Dead