I’ve been talking about making this series for about two months now, and I finally got around to making the first episode. Welcoming to Behind The Novel, the series where I’ll share my novel writing process every step of the way. Originally I was going to just jump into showing you the writing process, but after…Continue reading Why Scivener is the Best Novel Writing Software » Behind the Novel Ep. 1
You’ve come up with the perfect idea for a novel. Now it’s time to sit down and write. You open your word processor, type in your working title and name (can’t start without that), go to page one and…. freeze. What now? Do I just write? Where do I start? How do I know where…Continue reading My novel writing process: EXPOSED!
While writing Grim Curio is still in full swing (but nearing its end), I’ve been thinking about future projects a lot lately. I have two other novels in the works, The Gin Thief episodes and an untitled novel I’m co-writing with my wife, Tana. She’s not much into social networking or blogging, but she’s a voracious reader…Continue reading Planning a Novel: The Spark of an Idea
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
It’s been radio silence on my end for the past few weeks, which isn’t cool at all. So today I’m jumping back into the game, filling you in on what’s been going on in my world, and update you the production of Grim Curio. Mo’ House, Mo’ Problems Last month I bought my first house. Woohoo!…Continue reading Building the Plot & Structure of Grim Curio
When writing any work, it’s a good idea to establish goals. Some authors may focus their efforts on exploring the entire life of a character in a compelling way (Patrick Rothfuss and Name of the Wind). Another may focus on terse, expressive sentences and a relationship between father and son (Cormac McCarthy and The Road). Another…Continue reading Grim Curio Writing Goals – A Deep Dive into the Ideas Behind The Process
Note: This post was upadated to it’s current version on Sept 29, 2019. Even after two years, I still use the methods below to avoide writer’s block and they continue to work for me. I hope these tools work just as well for you. –S.C. Barrus Writer’s block is a tough nut to crack. It…Continue reading How to conquer writer’s block — Fuel the passion, motivation, and techniques to keep writing to the bitter end
Above: Ginko from Mushi Shi. Writing is a process. Prose don’t appear on paper perfectly executed. First drafts are a spew of consciousness, a firehose of concepts splattered haphazardly with the wrong words in the wrong order, the wrong setting with the wrong details, the wrong character featuring the wrong motivation. But you have to…Continue reading From Mind to Paper: Creating a Character