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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.
Concrete, practical methods for improving your writing.
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.
I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.
Some horror tropes refuse to die. And that's a good thing.
Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
A discussion of how writers take, steal and borrow content, and why.
The Game of Thrones pilot, "Winter is Coming," packs a sprawling, fantasy epic into a tight sixty-one minutes featuring distinct and interesting settings and characters.
Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.
Strange experiences, new situations, and faraway galaxies are all great, but sometimes looking inside yourself and revisiting your memories is the best thing you can do for your writing.
How to avoid writing purple prose.
Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
The Leftovers pilot is packed with literary flourishes that carry throughout the entire series. Fred Venturini breaks down the techniques that power one of the best shows on television.
Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Your favorite place to read is probably terrible.
Better Call Saul's pilot, "Uno," focuses on building characters in surprising and patient ways, emphasizing the creation of curiosity over providing the audience with exposition.
Using football metaphors, I compare how being a successful QB is similar to being a good writer.
Psychopathic kilers, depressed cops and neurotic detectives. Mental illness is a recurring staple of crime fiction. Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the details right.
Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
The Literary Food Pyramid explained.
Want to give a friend a beta read? Want to actually be GOOD at it? Read on for some tips!
Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
Some ideas on how to hook your readers with your titles.
Where have all the villains gone?
Matthew Quirk, author of the newly-released 'Dead Man Switch,' talks about the secret code of storytelling he learned from screenwriting.