Songs are poems, too. Or, the article in which I mention Katy Perry, Yeezy, Ezra Pound, Dante, and Flight of the Concords.
In: Literary Devices, Narrator, Rosemary's Baby, The Great Gatsby, The Haunting of Hill House, unreliable narrator, Word Play
Chuck Palahniuk talks about the unresolved, and how undecidability is always more scary than simply being told the answer.
Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!
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.
By BH Shepherd
Details are important, but so is what you leave out. A look at the subtle art of untold stories.
Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!
In: Character, Joyce Carol Oates, Literary Devices, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Everything you need to know about memory loss, amnesia, and SCIENCE!
Symbolism allows writers to get themselves off the page and lets their words do the talking.
What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
What you need to know about the speed of light, faster-than-light travel, and SCIENCE.
You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
By Rob Hart
There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.
What do the Starship Enterprise, Boonville California, and an Icelandic band all have in common? Their own language! Explore a few unique constructed languages with me.
Using particular details brings your lie to life.
By Robbie Blair
Including mixed metaphors, cliche metaphors, ambiguous implications, too close to literal, referencing outside the common experience, and over-extending your metaphors.
One way to embed a central theme in a story is with the use of a literary device commonly referred to as the Objective Correlative.
Get to know the Personal Essay by reading this article. Get to know yourself by writing one.
In: Character, Craft, Dialogue, Literary Devices, Narrative Hooks, Plot, POV, Setting, Storyville, Structure
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
Love them or hate them, writers can learn a lot about sentence structure and wordplay by experimenting with the timeless artform of the aphorism.
Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.
Incorporate these principles to not only transition smoothly from scene to scene, but to add a new layer of metaphor for the manipulation of meaning and theme.
Fiction writers can learn a great deal about craft by examining some of the common storytelling techniques used in modern film.