The first line. The first paragraph. The first page. The first chapter. They all matter. A lot. Here are some things you should keep in mind to get them right.
This is a literary name everyone should know.
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.
What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
The story of how I fell into a hole with my writing career, and the strategy I developed to climb back out.
By Jeff Noon
Part 7 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.
How to avoid writing purple prose.
Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
Tips on how to write contemporary magical realism.
Here are some of my favorite recent films, and ways they can inform and inspire your writing.
Tips and tricks for writing powerful flash fiction.
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.
Some tips on how to make your fictional relationship feel real.
Replace death with love, in your writing, and see what happens.
What are horror tropes, and how can you avoid them?
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, Craft, Dialogue, Jeff VanderMeer, Plot, Stephen King, Storyville, Structure, Theme, Voice
Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.
A screenplay should always have the reader at 'Hello'. Find out how techniques developed chatting up strangers at speed dating events can make your first five pages sing.
Great writers like Mark Richard and Amy Hempel re-invent the world, partly by re-inventing the language. In this essay, Chuck introduces you to the mysteries of "Burnt Tongue," and its three principal uses.
Here are my ten favorite short stories for 2013.
Looking for something new to write? Here are ten hot, emerging, and underappreciated genres.