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.
Craig Clevenger Photo

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

Turning a Phrase: How to Write Historical Dialogue

In: Dialogue
When done correctly, historical dialogue can be used as a tool to add polish and an air of authenticity. Done incorrectly, it can completely eject a reader from the story.
Robbie Blair

6 Ways to Save a Mary Sue

In: Character
If you've realized that you accidentally wrote a Mary Sue, this article will help you change that overpowered lead into a relatable character.
Christopher Shultz

In Defense of (and Against) 'Write What You Know'

In: Research
It's the most trite piece of advice any writer can receive...or is it?
Leah Dearborn

The Butler Did It: Why We Always Blame the Servants

In: Cliche
The guilty butler trope appears to damn servants by their employment status alone. After all, they know everything about the victim’s daily routine, and they’re always suspiciously nearby.
Raine Winters

The Age of the Unoriginal Idea

In: Cliche, Plot
In an era where every story is recycled, how do we as writers strive for originality?
Robbie Blair

5 Strategies for Enriching Your Character Arcs

In: Character
Are your character arcs falling flat? This article teaches you five strategies for improving them.
Christopher Shultz

'Orange Is The New Black' and the Downgraded Protagonist

In: Character
There once was a show about a girl named Piper, but no more. And that might be the best thing going for Netflix's hit series.
Taylor Houston

5 Grammar Rules That Make No Effing Sense

In: Grammar
Sometimes the rules make no effing sense. Here are few that drive me crazy.
George Cotronis

The Art of the Pitch and Synopsis

In: Abstracts
You want to sell your novel or land an agent? Well, you need an elevator pitch and synopsis to do so. Here's Elevator Pitch 101.
George Cotronis

Productivity Methods for Writers

In: Abstracts
You want to write words, but you'd rather watch some TV and eat nachos. Don't, I'll help you get writing.
Susan DeFreitas

5 Things the Grammar Nazis Get Wrong

In: Grammar
The Grammar Nazi's mission in life is to point out all the ways that you, the writer, have managed to butcher the English language. Sometimes those people are right. But sometimes they're wrong.
George Cotronis

DIY Book Covers for the Self Publishing-Inclined Part 2

In: Research
You've learned how to combine stock images to create vaguely interesting book covers. Time to learn some easy typography tricks.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writer’s Block—Where It Comes From, and How to Break Through

Information on where writer's block comes from, and how to fix it.
Raine Winters

5 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Character

In: Character
These tips and tricks may help you find love again!

10 Reasons To Draft 10 Times

In: Rewriting
Ever tried drafting a piece 10 times? Maybe you should. Maybe you need to.
George Cotronis

5 Great Books About the Craft of Writing

In: Research
Sometimes you'd rather read about writing than write. That's okay, we got you covered.
Christine J. Schmidt

Advice From A Literary Character: Dean Moriarty

In: Character
Your favorite literary characters answer life's big questions.
Susan DeFreitas

Long Story Short: 10 Tips for Trimming an Overly Long Novel Down to Size

In: Rewriting
Maybe you've written an epic novel that requires 110,000 words or more to tell its story. Or maybe you've written a novel that's 30,000 words too long.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want to Edit A Book Part 3: The Paper Project

In: Rewriting
There comes a time in every author's life where they get to see their book on paper...and then they tear it up, write all over it, and do it all over again. I'm there now. Let's talk about it.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Fool Your Readers

Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want To Edit A Book Part 2: The Dreadful First Rewrite

In: Rewriting
In this installment of So You Want To Edit A Book, we talk about the first, dreadful rewrite - how I do it, what I try to fix, where I mess up, and what I intentionally leave for later.
Karina Wilson

Five Ways Scrivener Can Help Your Work In Progress

Why Scrivener? What can it do for your writing? Go beyond the "click here" tutorials and consider how this software can improve your work habits and the quality of your content.