How depression can lead to catharsis in your storytelling.
It's important to leave room for the reader. Here are some ways you can do that.
Tap into the formative experiences that made you and apply them to your fiction.
What you write matters. Getting paid is not enough.
This essay encourages readers and writers alike to bridge the gap between literary and genre in order to find horror in unsuspecting places.
How do you write dark fiction in a post-Covid world? Be a phoenix, rising from the ashes.
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.
What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
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.
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.
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.