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.

Dialog Journals and Writing Good Dialog

Start a dialog journal, fix up your dialog, write better characters, and basically rule the world.
Andrea J. Johnson

You’re A Writer, But Is MasterClass Right For You?

In: Cliche
MasterClass offers numerous courses for aspiring writers. But are such classes worth the investment? This article seeks to address that concern and give you a brief overview of some of the sessions.
Joshua Isard

Walter Mosley, Natural Language, and Empathy

In: Dialogue
Everyday language is a way to understand different kinds of people. Diving in to those differences is vital.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Tips and Exercises for Generating New Story Ideas

In: Research
Having a hard time coming up with new story ideas? We're here to help.
Karis Rogerson

So You've Won NaNoWriMo — What Next?

In: Rewriting
After winning your first NaNo, you may be wondering what to do. Here's some advice.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Symbolism of the Four Seasons

In: Setting
Some tips on how the seasons can service your story.
Roy Christopher

The Edible Complex: Food-based tips for research and editing

In: Research
Eating and writing sometimes feel inextricably linked. Here are three food-based tips for research and editing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How Grateful, Compassionate Protagonists Can Add Depth to Your Fiction

In: Character
If you have a likable protagonist, does that make for a more appealing, layered, and satisfying experience?
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Anne Sexton

An open letter to Anne Sexton on her birthday.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

When Fiction Sells, Why Write Speculative Poetry?

In: Poetry
There are a lot of ways that poetry can not only strengthen your writing career and author brand, but also your bank account.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How Various Media Can Change You as a Writer

Influence can come from any medium, not just the one you are working in.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Hate From Love—Complex Emotions in Characterization

In: Character
In order to truly hate, you must love first, so write your characters with this complex relationship in mind.
Jay Wilburn

Story Development for Pantsers

In: Plot
Pantsers are the wild and wooly improvisational artists of the writing world. Here are some tools and approaches that can help them develop their stories without giving up their preferred style.

Writing Advice for Non-Writers

In: Rewriting
So you have to write something. Maybe it's the first thing you've written since high school. Don't worry, it's not that hard. We'll get through it together.
Thomas Kendall

"The Autodidacts": Thomas Kendall On Writing Without An Outline

In: Structure
Fortunately, your source is infinitely replenishable: On writing without an outline, out of an image you don’t understand, towards a beauty you’re not sure exists.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Intersection Between Plotting and Pantsing

Finding the intersection between plotting and pantsing.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Five Poetry Collections to Read This Summer

In: Poetry
Contemporary poetry recommendations from the first half of 2022.
Leah Dearborn

It’s Thomas Hardy’s Birthday (Do We Care?)

In: Character
Is “Jude the Obscure” really anyone’s favorite book? What does “The Mayor of Casterbridge” say to the 21st century reader?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Unreliable Narrators

What is an unreliable narrator and how can it affect your writing?
Repo Kempt

Sudowrite: An AI Fiction Writing Software Review

In: Word Play
A review of Sudowrite, fiction writing software that uses AI to generate content.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Leaving Room for the Reader

In: Voice
It's important to leave room for the reader. Here are some ways you can do that.
Jay Wilburn

Does Anyone Really Know What Makes a Story Good?

While there are some writing conventions that are generally agreed upon, the subtle things that make a story good may be more intangible than we like to think.