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500 More Ways To Be A Better Writer [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Wendig
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

WARNING: Contains an unhealthy gutful of profanity. Those with heart conditions or frail demeanors should not read

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“If it weren't for Chuck Wendig's advice, I'd have fallen off the writing map long ago.” -- Karina Cooper, Author of Blood of the Wicked

“Chuck Wendig hammers out writing and career advice that's always brave, profane, creative, clever, and honest. And don't forget hilarious. You'll never laugh so hard learning so much." – Matt Forbeck, author of Carpathia, Amortals and Vegas Knights

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500 MORE WAYS TO BE A BETTER WRITER is the sequel to 500 WAYS TO BE A BETTER WRITER (which is itself a sequel to 250 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRITING).

Nab this book and you’ll find within a series of lists geared toward enlightening you with the short sharp satori smack of dubious writing wisdom. The book contains a veritable avalanche of writing advice meant to help novelists, screenwriters and other storytellers better understand topics near and dear to the penmonkey existence. The book answers questions such as, “How do I find my voice? What should I know about procuring an agent? How do I find the proper story structure for my story? Where are my pants?”

500 MORE WAYS contains the following:

25 Financial F**k-Ups Writers Make
25 Mistakes To Look For In Your Writing
25 Reasons Readers Will Keep Reading Your Story
25 Reasons Readers Will Quit Reading Your Story
25 Reasons Writers Are Bug-F**k Nuts
25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called “Aspiring” Writers
25 Things Writers Should Know About Blogging
25 Things Writers Should Know About Agents
25 Things Writers Should Start Doing (As Soon As Possible)
25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing (Starting Right Now)
25 Things You Should Know About Narrative Structure
25 Things You Should Know About Protagonists
25 Things You Should Know About Rejection
25 Things You Should Know About Setting
25 Things You Should Know About Suspense And Tension In Storytelling
25 Things You Should Know About Your Authorial Voice
25 Things You Should Know About Your “Finished” Novel
25 Ways For Writers To Help Other Writers
Appendix I: 25 More Writing Challenges
Appendix II: 25 Things You Should Know About Me

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Product Details

  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Terribleminds; First edition (February 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Seth
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Brace yourself...because this book isn't for sissy-pants writers. Chuck's blunt, abrasive, vulgar, has some weird thing about goats that I don't really want to go into, hilarious, and, more often than not, right. Do not expect a check list of things that you need to tick off to sell a book, or a dry exposition on authorial voice. Expect more a person with A.D.D. dispensing valuable writing advice that can help all aspects of your career. Chuck says himself that these won't guarantee you a sweet book deal, but I can tell you from experience that the advice is valuable. More than that, its entertaining as all hell.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 500 Reasons Chuck Wendig Saved My Life. June 9, 2012
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Well, not really 500. Sorry, I know you wanted to read that.

Ok guys- this book is GREAT for writers. 500 More Ways To Be A Better Writer is a menu for your authorial cortex to brainificate and feast on whenever you need it. I run into problems writing and I have found answers here. This isn't a selection you read once. You keep coming back to this. Chuck, by writing this, becomes your phantom mentor. Always there to kick you in the rear. Punch you in the keys. Yell at you like R. Lee Ermey. Or watch you sleep. ... Scary, huh?

The black humor, shock and point blank word slamming is composed perfectly to help you REMEMBER what you've read so that you can APPLY it to your work. I've read other books on the topic and nothing else comes close. This is the real deal. In fact, this is something a character in a movie would find in some kind of exotic shop run by a magician who sells Magwai. Yeah... whatever...

The book is laid out well and flows well. Each topic seems to flow right into the next. It is very easy to read and comprehend. Buy this if you are serious about upping your game. Period.

P.S. It's also great for a good laugh... the whole way through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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That's how I see Chuck Wendig, both in his writing books and on his blog and twitter. He knows writing, both the craft and the business.

His books are comprised of lists of '25's and each of the twenty five points is broken down, sometimes hilariously, often profanely. It's the kind of book you read a list at a time: I recommend perhaps not where people will think you're a loon if you bust out laughing suddenly, because you likely will!

Hilarity and the clear glee he takes in slinging naughty words like a food fight in an 80s teen movie aside, there is a LOT of wisdom in here, the kind that's only learned through the School of Hard Knocks. He doesn't sugar coat anything about writing or the business aspects of writing, and sometimes he will gutpunch you with exactly what you need to hear.

One list I recall mentioned the problem of being around those groups of other writers: they either love everything and thus no critique is valuable, or they are just toxic, hateful people, and his solution is to bust yourself free. Perhaps not the most profound advice, but writers have all experienced both sides of that circle--the yaysayers and naysayers--and sometimes having someone slap you in the face with it is just the reminder you need. So even if you hear 'oh I've read this stuff before, like protagonists should be interesting blah blah' his condensed, very readable style I've found valuable even when I already 'know' these things, just for the reminder factor.

And then of course, he does have some terrific insights, as a reader, as well.

In short, if you want to write, at any level (I think I'm the only person in the world who wants to write, but doesn't want to be published--I just like slapping words down and talking to other people about writing ) and you're ready for some tell-it-to-you-straight advice? Chuck Wendig is your man. And having seen him on twitter and his blog, I can tell you that he walks the walk, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!!!! March 25, 2012
By Clarke
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I love Chuck's blog. I love his writing books. He is a very, very clever and very, very rude writer. I am so jealous at his ability to make me smile, blush and learn at the same time. My new hero!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious June 27, 2014
By Alteach
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Chuck Wendig is one of my favorite bloggers and authors. He takes what could be boring material and livens it up with his own creative twists and brand of crudeness. This book is no exception. Read it if you want to laugh and learn at the same time. Don't read it if you're uptight about swearing. Especially don't be uptight about swearing, read it anyway, and then give the book a bad rating because of the swearing. That's bad author karma right there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book January 19, 2014
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Excellent Book on writing, highly recommended. This book is not for the faint hearted or shy. He tells it like is in the world of novel writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who IS this guy amd why should I listen to him? October 26, 2013
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No matter how flip he seems, no matter his language (a cross between an over-the road trucker and a Marine), his voice has the ring of experience and unvarnished truth. He knows whereof he speaks and gives valuable advice to neophyte writers (and even seasoned writers would do well to listen)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I like the advice, but he's very crude.
Published 5 months ago by Multiman
3.0 out of 5 stars Fresh advices with a streetwise language
I liked the way Wendig speaks to the reader, he is no going with academic stuff, he says the things very clearly and very personal. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alfred
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets me off my butt to write
I love Wendig. His books on writing are all top notch. Each one is fresh and well grounded. Well worth your money and time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Fellow Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Best writing craft book eva
another fab craft book. I go back to this one constantly. Can't get enough Chuck wisdom. If I hit a writing slump I go straight to Chuck Wendig and I'm soon back on the right path... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Wendy L Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing craft book
Chuck Wendig's writing craft advice is the best I've ever read: clear, succinct and vividly funny. The style and genre I write (women's fiction) could hardly be more different from... Read more
Published 20 months ago by starbuck78
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, insightful and a tad bit raunchy.
If you are a writer or just want to play one on TV, this is the book for you. With a sharp wit Wendig lifts very real problems that writers face, points out the ways in which... Read more
Published on December 16, 2012 by Bruce Reyes-Chow
5.0 out of 5 stars 500 More Ways to be a Better Writer
This is another of my favorite books to help me with my writing. No writers bookshelf should be without this book. Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by JANICEAM
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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He's the author of BLACKBIRDS, DOUBLE DEAD and DINOCALYPSE NOW, and is co-writer of the short film PANDEMIC, the feature film HiM, and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative COLLAPSUS. He lives in Pennsylvania with wife, taco terrier, and tiny human.

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