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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.
In: GrammarHow "snuck" sneaked into the English language and we totally let it.
In this first of a series of new craft essays, Chuck Palahniuk displays a method for helping your characters cope against dramatic situations. He also delves into the language of singing, mantras and the importance of a good scream.
In: ThemeTrade romance sales make up the largest share of the U.S. consumer book market, yet they carry a lot of negative associations. Does romance deserve a second chance?
By Robbie Blair
In: Character"Object love" is a painfully common writing disease that leads us to write two-dimensional women who are more object than person. This article explores how you can overcome the sickness.
In: GrammarI'm like your personal editor, so ask me a grammar or usage question!
By BH Shepherd
In: Literary DevicesDetails are important, but so is what you leave out. A look at the subtle art of untold stories.
In: PlotNew year, new rules. This month, write about something "new" in 14 words or less.
In: VoiceA screenplay should always have the reader at 'Hello'. Find out how techniques developed chatting up strangers at speed dating events can make your first five pages sing.
By Troy Farah
In: WorkshopJournalism is an often ignored way to develop strong writing skills. When applied to fiction, the results can be outstanding. Just ask authors like Hemingway and Palahniuk, who were once reporters.
By Troy Farah
In: ClicheIn this month's Dystropia, we look at Mr. Vice Guy, a character with obvious flaws, addictions and weaknesses. Mr. Vice guy is more dimensional, sure, but as you'll learn, it's not always that easy.
In: Word PlayWhat does it mean 'to wassail'? Why did King Wenceslas go out on Boxing Day? Why does figgy pudding come with a lighter? Find out the origins of these and other odd Christmas Carol lyrics.
In: VoiceHere are my ten favorite short stories for 2013.