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.
Leah Dearborn

A Brief Stroll Down the Corridors of Dark Academia and Its Romantic Roots

In: Theme
It’s easy to view these aesthetics as trends of small consequence, but it’s more interesting to watch their evolution against the scope of other romantic movements.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Ask For, and Give, Book Blurbs

In: Research
Tips and tricks for navigating the world of book blurbs.
Leah Dearborn

Happy Birthday To Georgette Heyer, the Salty Godmother of Regency Romance

In: Setting
Heyer said of her own writing in the 1940s, “I think to myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense," but her self-deprecation undermined her wit and substantial body of bestselling work.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Charles Bukowski

In: Poetry
An open letter to Charles Bukowski on his birthday.
Nick Kolakowski

Big Bugs and Dead Astronauts: The Joys of a Non-Human Narrator

In: Narrator
Fresh ideas can be learned from books told from a different perspective.
Autumn Christian

How to Write Authentic Fiction

In: Abstracts
How to write authentic fiction that resonates with other people.
Megan J Kaleita

Freelance Copywriting Nearly Killed My Voice as A Writer

In: Voice
What you write matters. Getting paid is not enough.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Scene Breaks

In: Structure
Some tips on inserting scene breaks into your short stories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Story Dissection — "In His House"

In: POV
Richard dissects his epistolary horror story, "In His House."
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Evaluating Your Work in Progress—As Author, Editor, and Reader

In: Rewriting
It's crucial that you can read your writing as the audience, an author, AND an editor.

Alan Wake: A Look Back At Video Gaming's Best Writer Character

In: Character
Ghosts I ain't afraid of, ghosts I AM afraid of, evaluating the handsomeness of Stephen King, ludonarrative dissonance, and everything else Alan Wake.
Gabriel Hart

The Obsolescence of The Hero's Journey

Those who prescribe to a set system might be condemned to repeat mediocrity.
Leah Dearborn

Telling the Story of a Pandemic and the Future of Now

In: Setting
How do you write about the ‘now’ in a time of ongoing global crisis?
Leah Dearborn

10 Books For the Flight to Mars

In: Theme
Space exploration has been a popular topic in recent publishing, with a growing number of voices writing on the subject. Here are 10 books to keep you company for the (very) long flight.
Robbie Blair

Video Games as Literature: A Defense of the Medium

Video games are often looked down on. However, writers and lit enthusiasts can crack open new worlds of stories by appreciating the medium and its unique offerings.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

When the Answer Isn't Always Edgar Allan Poe

In: Voice
This essay encourages readers and writers alike to bridge the gap between literary and genre in order to find horror in unsuspecting places.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Reasons Authors Don't Submit Their Work—And My Responses

In: Research
The top reasons authors don't submit their work, and my responses.
Max Booth III

The Horror Punchline

In: Structure
How to structure horror fiction with a standup comedian's POV.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: What Do You Have the Authority to Write?

Experience vs. research: What stories are yours to tell?

Who Owns The Story?

In: Character
What gives you the right to tell someone else's story?
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

The Sound of Absence: Utilizing White Space in Poetry

This essay explores how white space can be used in poetry as a literary device that thrives on the power of absence.
Jay Wilburn

Why Every Author Should Write Haiku

There are important things prose authors can learn by experimenting with haiku. It is an easy artform to take up, but difficult to master.