In: Abstracts, Character, Dialogue, Grammar, Literary Devices, Narrator, Objects, Phrases, Plot, POV, Research, Rewriting, Structure, Verbs, Voice, Word Play, Workshop
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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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.
In: RewritingNick Kolakowski's revised trio of novellas, now titled "Love & Bullets", is out from Shotgun Honey this month. He has some advice...
In: Literary DevicesWriters have always loved to give advice, even when it’s not solicited.
By Peter Derk
In: StructureEndings are the make or break of horror stories. Stop blowing it.
In: GrammarIn 10 years, I've given a lot of grammar advice. Some of it is bullshit now, but some of it is truer than ever.
In: PoetrySometimes the best way to retell a tarnished story is through poetry. Steven Reigns' new book, "A Quilt For David", re-examines an old moral panic from the 1990s and finds it wanting.
In: ThemeIt’s easy to view these aesthetics as trends of small consequence, but it’s more interesting to watch their evolution against the scope of other romantic movements.
In: SettingHeyer said of her own writing in the 1940s, “I think to myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense," but her self-deprecation undermined her wit and substantial body of bestselling work.
In: PoetryAn open letter to Charles Bukowski on his birthday.
In: NarratorFresh ideas can be learned from books told from a different perspective.
In: AbstractsHow to write authentic fiction that resonates with other people.
In: VoiceWhat you write matters. Getting paid is not enough.
In: StructureSome tips on inserting scene breaks into your short stories.
In: POVRichard dissects his epistolary horror story, "In His House."
In: RewritingIt's crucial that you can read your writing as the audience, an author, AND an editor.
By Peter Derk
In: CharacterGhosts I ain't afraid of, ghosts I AM afraid of, evaluating the handsomeness of Stephen King, ludonarrative dissonance, and everything else Alan Wake.