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.
Margo Orlando Littell

Welcome the Characters Who Show Up Too Early and Stay Too Late

Sometimes the most pivotal characters need to be conjured and coddled into the story, under the shadow of misstarts and dead-end plotlines.
Autumn Christian

Conflict Without Violence: How to Add More Depth To Your Fiction

Violence is fun. But finding other ways to resolve conflict can improve your writing, and turn an average story into one with depth and intrigue.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Turning Your Obsessions Into Fiction

Some tips for turning your obsessions—good and bad—into powerful stories.
Joshua Isard

All Stories Are Existential

The word existential may have, in some contexts, devolved into an epithet for things that seem deep or important, but that’s not really what it means.
C.S. Humble

How to use Family Dynamics to Bring Your Characters To Life

In: Character
For author C.S. Humble, one of the most reliable narrative materials to build a story with is family.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing a Compelling Novel Synopsis

In: Plot
Tips and trick for writing a compelling novel synopsis.
Christoph Paul

What Writers Can Learn From Watching The NFL Draft

Will this article finally bring Sports Twitter and Writer Twitter together? Will the Dolphins draft Tua? Can writers really learn writing tips from watching the NFL Draft?

Maybe: The Empathy-Building Writing Prompt

In: Character
Want to write and live with empathy? Maybe there's a way.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Using a Chorus in Your Fiction

Tips and tricks for using a chorus in your fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Duality of Strong Emotions

In: Character
Love vs. Hate. How to employ the duality of strong emotions to improve your fiction.

Are Functional Relationships Ever Interesting In Fiction?

In: Character
Bumper stickers are the right place for "I love my wife." Novels are the place to tell the truth.
Gabino Iglesias

Writing Tips From the Don Winslow Universe

Certain writers demand to be read, and doing so is a class to all who do. Don Winslow is one of them.
Taylor Houston

2020 Hindsight: 10 Years Worth of Grammar Advice

In: Grammar
It's a new decade! Let's look back on 10 years of giving grammar advice.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ending 2019 with a Bang

In: Research
Some tips for how to end 2019 and set up 2020 for writing success.
Andrea J. Johnson

Craft A Cozy Mystery In Three Killer Steps

Crafting a mystery series can be fraught with peril, but tackle these three questions and you’re guaranteed to unlock what lies at the heart of the terror.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Using Your Family to Tell Dark Stories

Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.
Amanda Bender

Her Dark Materials: Raising Inner Demons To Craft Complex Villains

In: Character
An analysis of Mrs. Coulter in the recent TV adaptation of "His Dark Materials" shows writers how to craft complex villains.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Have you Wished Ishmael Beah a Happy Birthday Today?

In: Voice
This is a literary name everyone should know.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Using Rituals to Make Your Stories More Believable

In: Research
Some tips on how to use ritual, ceremony, and witchcraft to make your story more believable.
Fred Venturini

All Hail the Slasher: The Rise and Legacy of an Iconic Subgenre of Horror

In: POV
Freddy. Michael. Jason. How did slasher films dominate the horror genre in the 70's and 80's? Let's examine the rise of the subgenre and it's legacy as pure cinematic experience.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Dyslexic Author is my Favorite Oxymoron

In: Word Play
Why would anyone with dyslexia try to be a writer? Ask Anne Rice, Richard Ford, or sit down and let me tell you my story.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Finding Original Locations to Set Your Horror Stories

In: Setting
How can you find original locations to set your horror stories? Here are a few ideas.