Ten literary devices to help with your fiction.
What is an unreliable narrator and how can it affect your writing?
By Peter Derk
Withholding gets a bad rap from lazy mysteries and lousy thrillers. But it's a great comedy writing tool.
Writers have always loved to give advice, even when it’s not solicited.
If you think the only hook to your story or novel is the first line, then boy do I have some news for you.
This essay explores how white space can be used in poetry as a literary device that thrives on the power of absence.
Using the concept of body, mind, and soul, you can create a deeper experience with your stories.
Tips on how to use foreshadowing to write layered stories with powerful emotion.
Examples of how to use universal truths in your fiction.
Tips for how to execute some advanced storytelling techniques.
Tips and tricks for using a chorus in your fiction.
By Peter Derk
Does your work have a worthwhile story underneath the experiment? In other words, are you going to pay off the work a reader does to understand what’s going on?
In: Choruses, conjunctions, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Literary Devices, rhymes, Vocabulary, Voice
An essay that explores unconventional conjunctive devices and how they can link a story together, making it more like a song or piece of music.
An essay about why the vocation of writing can sometimes feel shameful, and how to own that shame and then eventually conquer it.
In: Literary Devices, Narrator, Rosemary's Baby, The Great Gatsby, The Haunting of Hill House, unreliable narrator, Word Play
Chuck Palahniuk talks about the unresolved, and how undecidability is always more scary than simply being told the answer.
In this first of a series of new craft essays, Chuck Palahniuk displays a method for helping your characters cope against dramatic situations. He also delves into the language of singing, mantras and the importance of a good scream.
In: Character, Joyce Carol Oates, Literary Devices, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
By Rob Hart
There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.
In: Character, Craft, Dialogue, Literary Devices, Narrative Hooks, Plot, POV, Setting, Storyville, Structure
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
A discussion of successful extended metaphors and how to create your own.
An understanding of how the human mind operates proves that a temporary lack of creative ideas is not the result of “writer's block,” but the result of something else entirely.
“Scuse me while I kiss this guy.”: Malaprops, Puns, Spoonerisms, Eggcorns, and other hilarity-inducing word mix-ups
Words are flexible and a writer can have a lot of fun using these devices.
In: Cervantes, Craft, Dave Eggers, Don Quixote, Literary Devices, metafiction, Narrator, nonfiction, Plot, POV, Structure
When narrators escape--a discussion of metafiction.