Taylor Houston

Seven Songs, Seven Literary Devices — Celebrating the Poetics of Songwriting

Songs are poems, too. Or, the article in which I mention Katy Perry, Yeezy, Ezra Pound, Dante, and Flight of the Concords.
Chuck Palahniuk

Consider This: Undecidability

Chuck Palahniuk talks about the unresolved, and how undecidability is always more scary than simply being told the answer.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Guns And Bullet Ballistics

Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!
Chuck Palahniuk

Consider This: Coping

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.
BH Shepherd

Beautiful Void: The Importance of Implied Narrative

Details are important, but so is what you leave out. A look at the subtle art of untold stories.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Aliens

Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Amnesia

Everything you need to know about memory loss, amnesia, and SCIENCE!
Jon Gingerich

Symbolism: Storytelling and the Invisible Hand

Symbolism allows writers to get themselves off the page and lets their words do the talking.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Multiple Personalities

What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: The Speed Of Light

What you need to know about the speed of light, faster-than-light travel, and SCIENCE.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Writing Characters That Are Smarter Than You

You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
Rob Hart

Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using

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.
Taylor Houston

O-day ou-yay eak-spay ingon-Klay?: Exploring constructed languages

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.
Robbie Blair

6 Ways You're Molesting Your Metaphors

Including mixed metaphors, cliche metaphors, ambiguous implications, too close to literal, referencing outside the common experience, and over-extending your metaphors.
Jon Gingerich

Understanding the Objective Correlative

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.
Taylor Houston

Up Close and Personal: A Personality Expose of the Personal Essay

Get to know the Personal Essay by reading this article. Get to know yourself by writing one.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Narrative Hooks

Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
Jon Gingerich

Art and the Aphorism

Love them or hate them, writers can learn a lot about sentence structure and wordplay by experimenting with the timeless artform of the aphorism.
Jon Gingerich

The Benefits of Free Indirect Discourse

Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.
Chris Rosales

Transition As Metaphor

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.
Jon Gingerich

Narrative and the Moving Image: What Film Can Teach Us About Fiction Writing

Fiction writers can learn a great deal about craft by examining some of the common storytelling techniques used in modern film.
Chris Rosales

Is This Your Card? How Michael Chabon Uses Suspense in Literary Fiction

A study of how Michael Chabon uses Suspense in literary fiction to keep the reader reading and to move the story forward.