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.
Nick Kolakowski

Revisiting a Work You’ve Already Published: Things to Keep in Mind

In: Rewriting
Nick Kolakowski's revised trio of novellas, now titled "Love & Bullets", is out from Shotgun Honey this month. He has some advice...
Leah Dearborn

Advice from a 19th Century Governess and How Writing About Writing Has Changed

Writers have always loved to give advice, even when it’s not solicited.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Nonfiction Reads to Strengthen Your Relationship with the Witch

In: Research
Nonfiction reading recommendations for witches, witchy writers, or writers writing about witches.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Books You Should Read Every Year

In: Research
Some suggestions on the books writers should read every year.

Stick the Landing: How to End a Horror Story

In: Structure
Endings are the make or break of horror stories. Stop blowing it.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write a Massive, Multi-Pronged Hook

If you think the only hook to your story or novel is the first line, then boy do I have some news for you.
Taylor Houston

Lessons from 10 Years of Writing About Grammar

In: Grammar
In 10 years, I've given a lot of grammar advice. Some of it is bullshit now, but some of it is truer than ever.
Karina Wilson

LURID: Moral Panic in Poetry — A Quilt for David

In: Poetry
Sometimes the best way to retell a tarnished story is through poetry. Steven Reigns' new book, "A Quilt For David", re-examines an old moral panic from the 1990s and finds it wanting.
David James Keaton

Jack of Shrugtown

I read my first Jack Reacher book, and there were so many shrugs. Jack Reacher has come to shrug and chew bubblegum, and he's all out of bubblegum.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Critical Analysis—An Essential Part of Your Process

How to apply critical analysis to your own writing.
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.