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.
Christoph Paul

How to Take Edits 101

In: Rewriting
I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.
JS Breukelaar

A Head Full of Tropes: Finding New Life in Dead Ideas

In: Theme
Some horror tropes refuse to die. And that's a good thing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Brian Allen Carr

Inspiration vs. Influence: Using What We Know

In: Research
A discussion of how writers take, steal and borrow content, and why.
Fred Venturini

Brace Yourselves: A Breakdown of the Game of Thrones Pilot, "Winter is Coming"

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.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Proper Use of Violence in Fiction

Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.
Gabino Iglesias

Cannibalizing Yourself: 9 Reasons You Should Mine Your Life for Ideas

In: Research
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.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Adding Diversity to Your Fiction

Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Fred Venturini

The Leftovers Pilot: Television Turns Literary

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.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Are You Unique or Just Difficult with Your Fiction?

Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Christine J. Schmidt

These 4 Popular Reading Spots Are Actually Awful

In: Character
Your favorite place to read is probably terrible.
Fred Venturini

Want a Masterclass in Character Development? Better Call Saul!

In: Character
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.
Christoph Paul

Seeing the Page Like A Quarterback Sees the Field

Using football metaphors, I compare how being a successful QB is similar to being a good writer.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Mental Illness

In: Research
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.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
Christoph Paul

The Food Pyramid for Writers

In: Rewriting
The Literary Food Pyramid explained.
Leah Rhyne

The Five Be's to Being a Better Beta Buddy

In: Rewriting
Want to give a friend a beta read? Want to actually be GOOD at it? Read on for some tips!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Leaving Room for the Reader in Your Fiction

Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Great Titles—Hooking Your Readers

In: Theme
Some ideas on how to hook your readers with your titles.

Comics And Comics Movies Need Good Villains

In: Character
Where have all the villains gone?

Story Structure: The Magic Bullet that Nearly Killed Me

In: Plot
Matthew Quirk, author of the newly-released 'Dead Man Switch,' talks about the secret code of storytelling he learned from screenwriting.