Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk's 2014-2015 Essays

Chuck surprised us all with a new batch of essays for 2014 & 2015! There is no exact timeline on how these will roll out, so just keep an eye on the site.
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Notes on the Craft

Concrete, practical methods for improving your writing.
Chuck Palahniuk

36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk

36 exclusive craft essays on writing you won't find anywhere else online. The knowledge here is equivalent to what you'd get in an MFA program.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Fool Your Readers

Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want To Edit A Book Part 2: The Dreadful First Rewrite

In: Rewriting
In this installment of So You Want To Edit A Book, we talk about the first, dreadful rewrite - how I do it, what I try to fix, where I mess up, and what I intentionally leave for later.
Karina Wilson

Five Ways Scrivener Can Help Your Work In Progress

Why Scrivener? What can it do for your writing? Go beyond the "click here" tutorials and consider how this software can improve your work habits and the quality of your content.
Robbie Blair

The Brick by Brick Method of Writing

In: Rewriting
I explore a central lesson I learned from writing my thesis: A "brick-by-brick" writing approach that makes projects more manageable, less stressful, and easier to complete.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want To Edit A Book Part 1: The Dramatic First Read Through

In: Rewriting
Last fall, we (maybe) wrote a book together. Now I'm editing mine, and I'll walk you through my process, a step at a time. Hopefully I've got something to share that'll be helpful to YOU!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Shifting Sympathies

Tips and suggestions on how to shift the sympathy of the reader from one character to another.
Susan DeFreitas

5 Problems with the Humble Protagonist

In: Character
Unconventional protagonists make for great fiction—but beware the humble protagonist, who will hamstring your novel at every turn.
Susan DeFreitas

The Minds of Others: 6 POV Hacks for Fiction

In: POV
In fiction, each point of view (POV) choice comes with both strengths and limitations. Consider this your cheat sheet for overcoming those limitations.
George Cotronis

Brainstorm Your Next Novel with Fiasco - Part 2

In: Plot
We come back to our work in progress, ready to fill in some details about our fictional town and its inhabitants.
Robbie Blair

5 Reasons Why We Love Lannisters (and Other Morally Gray Characters)

In: Character
A look at why morally gray characters are so compelling, using the Lannisters of Westeros as my primary examples. Beware: Spoilers abound!
Leah Dearborn

Giving Up the Ghost: How to Bury Dead Writing

In: Rewriting
Giving up on a piece of writing seems counterintuitive. We’re told from an early age that if we just keep trying, one day we’ll succeed. But sometimes effort just isn’t enough.
Christine J. Schmidt

8 Undateable Male Characters

In: Character
I'll read about them, but I won't take them up on dinner.
Leah Dearborn

Trash or Treasure? A List of Five Obscure Literary Movements

In: Structure
From to Spiralism to Martian poetry, not every idea finds a solid foothold in history or a wide audience.
Max Booth III

Abandoning Linearity and Enabling Shuffle Mode: How to Write Out of Sequence

By writing out of sequence, you no longer have to force yourself to write the boring bits. You are always writing the fun chapters. The scenes that remind you why you’re a writer in the first place.
John Jarzemsky

Writing 'The Other'

When does writing about The Other stop being an exercise in understanding and become something exploitative?
George Cotronis

Brainstorm Your Next Novel with Fiasco - Part 1

In: Plot
Having some trouble with your novel WIP? Not sure how to connect the dots or how to fill out that character roster? I’m here to help.
Leah Dearborn

5 Realty Listings That Could Be Your Character’s New Home

In: Character
Sometimes, a house can read like a main character in itself.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Making Relationships Feel Real in Your Fiction

Some tips on how to make your fictional relationship feel real.
Susan DeFreitas

The Seven Deadly Sins of Dialogue

In: Dialogue
Dialogue is, in many ways, the heart of fiction. That's why it pays to get it right—or, at the very least, not wrong.
Leah Dearborn

Stop Laughing at Yourself: A Loud Legacy of Exclamations

In: Grammar
Exclamation points are like that relative who drinks too much every Thanksgiving. You can handle Uncle Charlie when he’s at the house, but taking him to a black-tie gala might not be the best idea.
Taylor Houston

Seven Grammar Tools to Love

In: Grammar
Grammar gets a bad rap, but some grammar rules are actually there to HELP you. Here are seven tools I have learned to love.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Love Instead of Death—Writing With Heart

In: Theme, Voice
Replace death with love, in your writing, and see what happens.