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.
Christoph Paul

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Shitty First Draft

In: Rewriting
Sometimes it will be good, sometimes it will be bad, and sometimes it will be down right ugly, but writing a shitty first draft will give you a finished book.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Murder or Suicide?

In: Research
Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.
Jeff Noon

Beneath the Terminus Stone: Borderlines as a Theme

In: Theme
The final installment of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

The World in the Skull: A Story’s Environment

In: Setting
Part 9 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Through the Labyrinth: Plotting the Story

In: Plot
Part 8 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Moods in White, Black and Grey: Finding a Style

In: Voice
Part 7 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Populating the Nightmare: Creating Characters

In: Character
Part 6 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

A Madman Scattering Dust: Time as a Theme

In: Theme
Part 4 of Jeff's 6 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Return of the Son of Twilight Zone: Dusk as a Theme

In: Theme
Part 3 of Jeff's 6 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Christoph Paul

How to Take Edits 101

In: Rewriting
I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.
JS Breukelaar

A Head Full of Tropes: Finding New Life in Dead Ideas

In: Theme
Some horror tropes refuse to die. And that's a good thing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Brian Allen Carr

Inspiration vs. Influence: Using What We Know

In: Research
A discussion of how writers take, steal and borrow content, and why.
Fred Venturini

Brace Yourselves: A Breakdown of the Game of Thrones Pilot, "Winter is Coming"

The Game of Thrones pilot, "Winter is Coming," packs a sprawling, fantasy epic into a tight sixty-one minutes featuring distinct and interesting settings and characters.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Proper Use of Violence in Fiction

Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.
Gabino Iglesias

Cannibalizing Yourself: 9 Reasons You Should Mine Your Life for Ideas

In: Research
Strange experiences, new situations, and faraway galaxies are all great, but sometimes looking inside yourself and revisiting your memories is the best thing you can do for your writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Adding Diversity to Your Fiction

Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Fred Venturini

The Leftovers Pilot: Television Turns Literary

The Leftovers pilot is packed with literary flourishes that carry throughout the entire series. Fred Venturini breaks down the techniques that power one of the best shows on television.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Are You Unique or Just Difficult with Your Fiction?

Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Christine J. Schmidt

These 4 Popular Reading Spots Are Actually Awful

In: Character
Your favorite place to read is probably terrible.
Fred Venturini

Want a Masterclass in Character Development? Better Call Saul!

In: Character
Better Call Saul's pilot, "Uno," focuses on building characters in surprising and patient ways, emphasizing the creation of curiosity over providing the audience with exposition.