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.
Kat Hausler

Write Who You Don’t Know?

In: Character
'Retrograde' author Kat Hausler ponders the question: Should you base your characters on people you know? Well, yes and no...
Trey R. Barker

The Birth of Jace Salome

In: Character
Barker sets his protagonist down in a world peppered predominantly with men; men who bulge with maleness and refuse to stop spraying their eau de testosterone everywhere.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Horror Story vs. Horror Novel

How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Activities to Feed Your Dark Creative Soul Around Halloween

A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
Alex Behr

Anatomy of a Mini Flash Novel Experiment: Angel Dust

"Planet Grim" Author Alex Behr turns prompts into experimental prose.
Mike Cooper

Using The *Big* Words: Five Tips On Making Jargon And Tech Work For Your Writing, Rather Than Against It

With his new heist novel "The Downside" on shelves now, Mike Cooper offers some tips on how to prevent tech-heavy prose from making your story screech to a halt.
Justin Hunter

The Inauthenticity of a Fuckless World

People curse. If your stories don't curse too, how authentic are you being to the world you are creating?
Repo Kempt

10 Easy Edits to Improve Your Manuscript Right Now

In: Rewriting
A list of ten simple edits that can immediately improve whatever writing you're working on.
Brian Allen Carr

This Can't Be: Realism and Genre vs. Reality

How current trends in realism and genre have failed to prepare us for our disheartening reality.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Eight New, Mashed Up Sub-Genres

In: POV, Theme
Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing.
Justin Hunter

Avoiding Stereotypes When Writing Place (Even If That Place Is Home)

In: Setting
Knowing your setting doesn't mean you'll avoid stereotyping it.
Christoph Paul

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Shitty First Draft

In: Rewriting
Sometimes it will be good, sometimes it will be bad, and sometimes it will be down right ugly, but writing a shitty first draft will give you a finished book.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Murder or Suicide?

In: Research
Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.
Jeff Noon

Beneath the Terminus Stone: Borderlines as a Theme

In: Theme
The final installment of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

The World in the Skull: A Story’s Environment

In: Setting
Part 9 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Through the Labyrinth: Plotting the Story

In: Plot
Part 8 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Moods in White, Black and Grey: Finding a Style

In: Voice
Part 7 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Populating the Nightmare: Creating Characters

In: Character
Part 6 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

A Madman Scattering Dust: Time as a Theme

In: Theme
Part 4 of Jeff's 6 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Return of the Son of Twilight Zone: Dusk as a Theme

In: Theme
Part 3 of Jeff's 6 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Christoph Paul

How to Take Edits 101

In: Rewriting
I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.
JS Breukelaar

A Head Full of Tropes: Finding New Life in Dead Ideas

In: Theme
Some horror tropes refuse to die. And that's a good thing.