What is an unreliable narrator and how can it affect your writing?
By Peter Derk
Withholding gets a bad rap from lazy mysteries and lousy thrillers. But it's a great comedy writing tool.
Writers have always loved to give advice, even when it’s not solicited.
If you think the only hook to your story or novel is the first line, then boy do I have some news for you.
This essay explores how white space can be used in poetry as a literary device that thrives on the power of absence.
Using the concept of body, mind, and soul, you can create a deeper experience with your stories.
Tips on how to use foreshadowing to write layered stories with powerful emotion.
Examples of how to use universal truths in your fiction.
Tips for how to execute some advanced storytelling techniques.
Tips and tricks for using a chorus in your fiction.
By Peter Derk
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?
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...
A look at when uncertainty can make fiction stronger.
"Show, don't tell," they say. But telling is necessary. It's just a matter of doing it right. Hide your exposition through action.
How current trends in realism and genre have failed to prepare us for our disheartening reality.
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.
By Leah Rhyne
Let's dig into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope to see if, perhaps, Jane Austen created the original: Elizabeth Bennet of 'Pride and Prejudice'.
By Leah Rhyne
In: A Song of Ice and Fire, Character, Comics, game of thrones, Jessica Jones, Literary Devices, Marvel, Rape, Theme
Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
In: Choruses, conjunctions, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Literary Devices, rhymes, Vocabulary, Voice
An essay that explores unconventional conjunctive devices and how they can link a story together, making it more like a song or piece of music.
An essay about why the vocation of writing can sometimes feel shameful, and how to own that shame and then eventually conquer it.
Everything you need to know about cloning, genetic modification, and SCIENCE!
Songs are poems, too. Or, the article in which I mention Katy Perry, Yeezy, Ezra Pound, Dante, and Flight of the Concords.
In: Literary Devices, Narrator, Rosemary's Baby, The Great Gatsby, The Haunting of Hill House, unreliable narrator, Word Play
Chuck Palahniuk talks about the unresolved, and how undecidability is always more scary than simply being told the answer.
Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!
In this first of a series of new craft essays, Chuck Palahniuk displays a method for helping your characters cope against dramatic situations. He also delves into the language of singing, mantras and the importance of a good scream.