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.

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.
Cina Pelayo

The Importance of the Character Interview

The more that you know about your characters, the more confidently you can write about them.
Jay Wilburn

Lessons I Learned Ghostwriting Romance (as a Non-Romance Writer)

After ghostwriting many romance novels, Jay Wilburn learned some lessons that helped with writing stories in other genres.
Joshua Isard

Curious not Confused

Finding the right amount of information to include in a story can be a difficult task for any writer.
Jay Wilburn

10 Things Wrong with All My First Drafts

In: Rewriting
No first draft is perfect. We all have bad habits and bad habits show up a lot. Here are 10 things Jay Wilburn seems to find in all his first drafts.
Richard Thomas

Writing Horror in a Post-Covid World

How do you write dark fiction in a post-Covid world? Be a phoenix, rising from the ashes.
Gabriel Hart

What I Learned From Writing "A Return to Spring"

In: Research
Think about all the stories that fall under radar, which sculpted your town into the place it is today.

Science Versus Faith in Fiction

Is science an overused tool in writing? What do you stand to gain by adding faith to your fiction?
Taylor Houston

Nothing New Under the Mistletoe - 40 Versions of "A Christmas Carol" You Should Check Out

In: Theme
I love "A Christmas Carol", and I thought I'd seen every version out there—I was wrong.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Body, Mind, and Soul—Adding Depth to Your Stories

Using the concept of body, mind, and soul, you can create a deeper experience with your stories.
Douglas Kennedy

On Using Personal History As Fiction

The international best-selling author and MasterClass teacher discusses the basis of all fiction.