Welcome to HACK THE CRAFT, a compendium of video tutorials and podcast episodes created for novelists and storytellers looking to shortcut their way to cleaner, stronger, better writing. This material is the brainchild of Taylor Stevens, an award-winning and New York Times bestselling novelist who—by odds and expectations—should never have become either published or successful.
Like many aspiring authors Stevens had no credentials or platform, and no direct route into the publishing world. But, unlike most, she was also limited by a life of cultural isolation and a sixth-grade education. Tackling the creative writing process from such a restricted foundation was often a frustrating experience, especially when the best advice said that to write well, one must read a lot and write a lot. Stevens didn't have that luxury of time.
For her, hacking the craft became a matter of necessity.
The content on this site has all been born from the same tips, tricks, patterns, and observations Stevens used to spot and fix wordcraft issues as she wrote her way to what would become a critically acclaimed, bestselling series.
If you find the material helpful in your own writing life and would like express thanks, and/or if you'd like to help keep this website up and running, please consider a contribution via Patreon. Financial support at any level is gratefully appreciated.