A novel is only as good as it’s title. So research, brainstorm, and select your next novel title with confidence.
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
Think about 20 different ideas Narrow it down to one. Think some more. Outline maybe… Or just start writing. “We’ll, that idea sucks. Time to rewrite.” Expand on everything! Oops. Expanded too much. Cut it down. Write! Write! Write! Almost done, don’t get burned out. The last chapter isn’t working. What did I do wrong?…Continue reading Writers Life
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
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
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
Becoming a better writer takes more than just practice. It takes a process. In this post I’ll show you my process of how to become a better writer using The Critique Feedback Loop