Writing and Self Publishing a book isn’t hard. In fact, it’s too easy, and that’s what trips most people up. Write some words, format it correctly, throw it on KDP, and you have a published book. The hard part’s doing it right. Quick Links Planning/Outlining Writing Editing Publishing Books Tools Recommended Blogs Recommended Podcasts In…Continue reading How to Write & Self Publish a Book — The Ultimate Guide
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!
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
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.
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
Photo by Clark Young on Unsplash You can’t get far in life without a plan. Well, maybe you can, but I’ve never had much luck without it. When I try to pants my life, things tend to get missed along the way. Over the past five years, I’ve become more of a planner, plotting out points I want…Continue reading Eyes on the Future – Two Years of Writing & Publishing Goals
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
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