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.
Repo Kempt

10 Things Every Horror Writer Should Read

In: Research
Given the limited amount of reading time in our lives, it's important not to waste time consuming material that won't help us progress and develop.
Gabino Iglesias

10 Tips for a Superb Reading

Reading your work in public matters. A lot. Here's how to do it right.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Sympathy for the Devil

In: Character, POV
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
Repo Kempt

Writing Horror Using All Five Senses

In: Word Play
How to effectively use sensory details to connect with readers and maximize the fear in your writing.
Joshua Isard

Improve Your Stories By Eliminating Agendas

The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Reading Broadly to Write Better

In: Research
In order to write deep, layered, original fiction you MUST read broadly.
Repo Kempt

Tackling the Dreaded Rewrite

In: Rewriting
Here's five hard questions you need to ask yourself before tackling the dreaded rewrite.
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Three: Why the Agent Requested—and Then Rejected—the Full

Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Two: Why Your Beta Readers Never Finished Your Novel

In: Character
You worked hard on that book, and your beta readers never even finished the damn thing. Why?
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part One: Why No One Cares About Your Protagonist

In: Character
Many an agent has rejected a novel with the phrase, “I’m just not in love with this protagonist.”
Max Booth III

5 Unconventional Methods of Writing a Story

Instead of surrendering to writer's block, give these ideas a try.
emmanuelnataf

10 Must-Know Tips For Outlining Your Novel

If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.
BH Shepherd

Narrative Detour: Rediscover Your Novel

A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.
emmanuelnataf

Instead of Joining a Book Club This Year, Subscribe To a Literary Podcast

In: Research
Make it your New Year's Resolution to find and read more books through the literary world's secret weapon: podcasts.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Method Writing

What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
Susan DeFreitas

Dialogue: The Number One Mistake Newbie Writers Make

There's no lack of online advice about how to write dialogue in fiction. But there’s one issue I see over and over in the dialogue of newbie writers, and I have yet to find one post that tackles it.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: What the 'Best Horror of the Year' Anthology Can Teach Us

In: Research
There is a lot we, as authors, can learn by reading the Best Horror of the Year anthology.

Clarity vs. Experimentation: A Letter To Myself

Does your work have a worthwhile story underneath the experiment? In other words, are you going to pay off the work a reader does to understand what’s going on?
Taylor Houston

Feedback Loop: Revisiting Autobiographical Fiction

In which Taylor revisits her 2012 article about autobiographical fiction and nearly twists herself into a knot trying to explain what the hell she actually meant, if anything...
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Finding Hope in Dark Fiction

In: Theme
It's possible to put hope in your dark fiction, quite possibly leading to a more satisfying experience.
Gabino Iglesias

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Religion in Your Fiction

Religion is a huge part of life. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't ignore it in your fiction.