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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.
Concrete, practical methods for improving your writing.
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.
When it comes to writing and research, some really useful tools are hiding in plain sight. Here's a list of my favorites.
Thoughts on the differences between novels and short stories, specifically when it comes to pacing and depth.
Timeless literature begins with the youngest readers.
The role of real events in fictional stories is an unavoidable aspect of an author's signature voice—and even the authors themselves don't know where the line between the two is drawn.
Take your readers on an emotional journey that will stay with them even after the final page is turned.
Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
I hate to say it in this context, but you can do better.
Tips on how film can help unblock, inspire, and add depth to your fiction.
As C.J. Cherryh wrote, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” Here are five tips on how to approach the second draft of your novel-in-making.
An exploration of how writing in unfamiliar genres and formats can help you grow as a writer.
Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.
Tips on how travel can inform your fiction.
A list of thirteen egregious offenses committed while creating diverse stories, coupled with solutions writers can adopt to approach race or any other minority status with sensitivity and respect.
Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.
Want to write memorable characters? You're going to want to give them these.
Writing women sounds easy... until you have to make them realistic. How does an author craft female characters that real women can relate to?
Formulating a three-act structure by recycling traumatic memories.
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.
The Cat has had its way with the screenplay, and now it has turned its sights on novels.
Some lessons from two masters of the sentence.
If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.