Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk's 2014-2015 Essays

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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Notes on the Craft

Concrete, practical methods for improving your writing.
Chuck Palahniuk

36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk

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.
Justin Hunter

The Second-Draft Slump: How to Get Through Edits

In: Rewriting
The first draft always feels like the hardest part to finish...until you start the second draft. Get through the second-draft slump with these tips.
Justin Hunter

How to Hide Exposition Through Action

"Show, don't tell," they say. But telling is necessary. It's just a matter of doing it right. Hide your exposition through action.
Bart Bishop

The Two Lukes: Comparing and Contrasting 'Dark Empire' and 'The Last Jedi'

In: Character
A look back at the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in 'Dark Empire' as compared to 'The Last Jedi.'
Christoph Paul

The 12 Steps for Struggling Writers

If these steps can help alcoholics stay sober, maybe they can also help struggling writers.
Justin Hunter

5 Reasons Why You Should Write a Screenplay

Writers of prose would do well to follow the methods of screenwriters to help immerse readers in their story.
Repo Kempt

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your First Chapter Right Now

In: Rewriting
Learn how to identify and fix common problems in your opening chapter.

So You Want To Write About The Cold

In: Setting
Want to make a reader shiver? Here are a few tips.

Why Microsoft Word's New Grammar and Style Corrections Suck

In: Grammar
Why is the new Microsoft Word trying to boss me around?
Justin Hunter

Why Coming of Age Crime Stories Work So Well

In: Theme
The movie adaptation of 'The November Criminals' reminds us that coming of age crime stories are the best kinds of stories.
Kat Hausler

Write Who You Don’t Know?

In: Character
'Retrograde' author Kat Hausler ponders the question: Should you base your characters on people you know? Well, yes and no...
Trey R. Barker

The Birth of Jace Salome

In: Character
Barker sets his protagonist down in a world peppered predominantly with men; men who bulge with maleness and refuse to stop spraying their eau de testosterone everywhere.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Horror Story vs. Horror Novel

How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Activities to Feed Your Dark Creative Soul Around Halloween

A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
Alex Behr

Anatomy of a Mini Flash Novel Experiment: Angel Dust

"Planet Grim" Author Alex Behr turns prompts into experimental prose.
Mike Cooper

Using The *Big* Words: Five Tips On Making Jargon And Tech Work For Your Writing, Rather Than Against It

With his new heist novel "The Downside" on shelves now, Mike Cooper offers some tips on how to prevent tech-heavy prose from making your story screech to a halt.
Justin Hunter

The Inauthenticity of a Fuckless World

People curse. If your stories don't curse too, how authentic are you being to the world you are creating?
Repo Kempt

10 Easy Edits to Improve Your Manuscript Right Now

In: Rewriting
A list of ten simple edits that can immediately improve whatever writing you're working on.
Brian Allen Carr

This Can't Be: Realism and Genre vs. Reality

How current trends in realism and genre have failed to prepare us for our disheartening reality.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Eight New, Mashed Up Sub-Genres

In: POV, Theme
Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing.
Justin Hunter

Avoiding Stereotypes When Writing Place (Even If That Place Is Home)

In: Setting
Knowing your setting doesn't mean you'll avoid stereotyping it.
Christoph Paul

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Shitty First Draft

In: Rewriting
Sometimes it will be good, sometimes it will be bad, and sometimes it will be down right ugly, but writing a shitty first draft will give you a finished book.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Murder or Suicide?

In: Research
Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.