What is an unreliable narrator and how can it affect your writing?
Fresh ideas can be learned from books told from a different perspective.
Tips for avoiding head-hopping 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?
Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
In: American Psycho, Character, Death, Jack Ketchum, John Steinbeck, Narrator, Plot, Storyville, Theme
Death in fiction — who, what, when, where and why.
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.
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
In: flashback, Info dumps, List, Narrator, Plot, POV, subtext, tense, unreliable narrator, world-building
Some things to have taken into consideration while writing your story. Not rules, just after-the-fact guidelines.
Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.
A few simple tips to bolster narrative authority in your writing.
Of all the rules that apply to fiction writing, perhaps none is more misleading than the common, banal adage that you should “write what you know.”
In: Cervantes, Craft, Dave Eggers, Don Quixote, Literary Devices, metafiction, Narrator, nonfiction, Plot, POV, Structure
When narrators escape--a discussion of metafiction.
A true rewrite is not just editing, proofing or copy-editing, but a complete re-imagining of the work. Here’s a four-part process to fortify writers with a successful re-writing plan that works.
Can your narrator be trusted?? Reliable narrators are the norm, but unreliable narrators are great to read and fun to write.
In: Craft, Jennifer Egan, Literary Devices, Little Red Riding Hood, Memento, NaNoWriMo, Narrator, Non-linear, Structure
A Discussion of Non-linear Narrative Structure
A list of the different modes of point of view, with a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
First-person narration, for all its immediacy and power, becomes a liability if your reader can't identify with your narrator. Discover Chuck's secret method for making a first-person narrator less obtrusive. Bonus: This essay includes the story 'Guts.'