Max Barry’s 15 Ways to Write a Novel

Yes, this is yet another post with writing advice from Max Barry. Before this week, I’d never heard of him, and now I’ve written three blog postings to share his words of writing wisdom.

There are as many ways to write as there are writers, so your success as a writer depends on finding your way to write, the one that works best for you. There’s the quota approach espoused by NaNoWriMo, the pantser plan (or lack thereof), the retreat routine and many more.

I found this list of 15 ways to write a novel by Barry inspiring. Is there any one single method that will work for me? Unlikely, and perhaps not for you either. But whether or not these ways will work for you, they’ll get you thinking about what will get you to the last page.

For my part, I’m thinking one approach is to spend 15 weeks writing a novel, spending a week at a time using each of these 15 methods. If nothing else, it’ll help me figure out which one(s) work(s) best for me.

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