Richard Thomas

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice
Jon Gingerich

Which P.O.V Is Right For Your Story?

A list of the different modes of point of view, with a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Chuck Palahniuk

Establishing Your Authority

In: Voice
Chuck teaches two principal methods for building a narrative voice your readers will believe in. Discover the Heart Method and the Head Method and how to employ each to greatest effect.
Chuck Palahniuk

Using “On-The-Body” Physical Sensation

In: Voice
Great writing must reach both the mind and the heart of your reader, but to effectively suspend reality in favor of the fictional world, you must communicate on a physical level, as well. Learn to unpack the details of physical sensation.
Chuck Palahniuk

Nuts and Bolts: “Big Voice” Versus “Little Voice”

In: Voice
An interesting character has strong opinions, and voicing them can lend mood and texture to the work, but you can't allow these "Big Voice" rants to eclipse the "Little Voice" needs for descriptive physical action. In this essay, you'll learn to strike that balance.
Chuck Palahniuk

Reading Out Loud – Part One

Lots of things that look smart on the page fall apart in the auditorium. Discover the numerous reasons Chuck writes for the ear as well as the eye, along with how to make the most of live reading opportunities.
Chuck Palahniuk

Reading Out Loud – Part Two

All humans are storytellers and every fiction is veiled autobiography. Learn to explore and exhaust your personal issues by creating something bigger than yourself, and don't miss Chuck's ingenious assignment for personalizing your character's perception of time.
Chuck Palahniuk

A Story from Scratch, Act Two

In: Voice
In the rough draft of Act Two, Chuck demonstrates how to reinforce physical details, along with "on-the-body" sensation, "Burnt Tongue," and other critical distinctions from previous lessons.