Establishing Your Authority



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.

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HPierce from Oregonia via Arklahoma is reading Unholy Night by Seth Grahme-Smith June 27, 2012 - 1:52am

are we to post the homework assignments anywhere on the site or is this for personal writing and reflection?

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Bull Mountain and Death Of Sweet Mister December 1, 2011 - 3:25am

Is anyone interested in posting their head/heart homework in the writers workshop? I just finished mine. Sure I may be late but, fuck it, it's done.

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Frederick from Southeast Connecticut is reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs By Chuck Klosterman November 3, 2011 - 9:47pm

Well, this is the first of the 36. I am already blown away from what I have learned here...

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Jeremiah Murphy from Idaho is reading The Flame Alphabet October 14, 2011 - 3:06pm

Definitely gonna try out this exercise.

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Repo Kempt from Iqaluit, Nunavut and Halifax, Canada (back-and-forth) October 12, 2011 - 2:01pm

There's no MFA programs in the Arctic, so these essays (and the website) are much appreciated. Thanks.

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superbal from johannesburg south africa is reading girl with dragon tattoo.. pelican brief October 4, 2011 - 6:57am

could someone please look into my account so i can see the essays.. Im a premium user from the Cult.. cheers.

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iBronco from New Jersey is reading White Noise October 1, 2011 - 11:38pm

Over using the Head method feels very pretentions and self induldgent as a writer and for the character, unless that attribute fits the character's personality, as in American Psycho with the long expository descriptions of the News (I think that was the band). The Heart can become drippy and messy with emotions, like wading through a swamp with beer goggles on, you can't seem to get anywhere of importance. You said it perfectly with the example of Survivor. Implementing both rounds and defines the characters and enriches the story overall. King definitly hits the heart with a sniper's aim, which has helped him many times but has also become a crutch, where his characters (I'm thinking of the trap of cliche, as in Under the Dome with Big Jim Rennie, the preacher/politician with a darkside) scream inauthenticity.