- File Size: 567 KB
- Print Length: 177 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Terribleminds; First edition (June 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 22, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008E71JC4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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500 Ways To Tell A Better Story Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com, and his books about writing. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.
Top Customer Reviews
The advice is practical. If it doesn't get you off your butt and get you writing, nothing probably will. Why not five stars? The Kindle book links don't resolve correctly. Clicking on 25 Reasons to Quit Writing takes you to a different section. The Kindle Table of Contents page was missing in my e-copy. I had to keep scrolling back to the very top and manually finding hyperlinks to the sections I wanted to peruse first. Having whined about those minor issues, there are still 500 tips on how to be an effective writer. If that's your goal, there is sure to be something in here for you. I think five of the tips, applied to my writing life, well worth the price I paid for the 500.
If you don't like "foul" language none of Chuck's work is going to be appropriate for you.Read more ›
Highlight in this outing include the ascerbic '25 Thing I Want to Say to So-called 'Aspiring' Writers' ("Write...write better than you did yesterday and better tomorrow than you did today"); '25 Things Writers Should Know about Creating Mystery' ("The audience must not be left comfortable. They should be forced to stare at those dark corners as long as they can stand it"); and of course, the ever-popular '25 Ways to Un[deleted] Your Story' ("Go through every sentence with pruning shears. Cut out junk language like so many fatty tumours. Dead-head your darlings.")
Amongst a constant stream of imaginative new profanities, unsettling imagery and jokes about dead unicorns and chainsaw-wielding hookers, Wendig's writing advice is solid, unsentimental and above all useful. He fixes his drunkenly roving attention on everything that is transcendant and vexatious about the art and craft of writing. He takes his readers' hands in an only slightly shaky grip and steers them through the slurping quagmires of the publishing industry, online community-building and their own self-doubt. He leads them to writing, and it's good.
"If this author actually had anything helpful to say it was impossible to find. The book is a conglomeration of abusive statements, excessive swearing, arrogant side tracking and blatant lack of any sense of how to convey ideas> To which he replied in another book "It's pretty (cuss word) accurate."
The same review could be written here, except I disagree on one point. The author can, in his own way, convey ideas. Unfortunately they are about writing in general and have little to do with telling a better story as the title would have one believe.
I expected things like when to use narration vs. flashback, ways to have plot threads tied together better, ways to have constant threads running differently through a story, how to improve the pacing of a story, how to build suspense, how to hide mysteries in plain sight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love that he doesn't preach, and he doesn't bore me to tears. In fact, he even made me laugh a few times. To me this book is 1000x better than most writer help type books. Why? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kitten
Some great advice in here. I like Wendig's humourous writing style.Published 14 months ago by Graeme Ing
Pee yur pants funny...but he speaks the utter brutal truth. So many of us writers get caught up in our pile of dung that we forget there are ..gasp!.. other humans on the planet. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rachel E.B. Robinson
Just awesome, which is what I've come to expect from Chuck Wendig's books. The advice is all spot on. This is a great book for writers at any stage.Published 18 months ago by Brenda J. Rothert
I gave Chuck Wendig 5-flippin' stars because he cut through the bull and spit the truth about writing, and the world of publishing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by KJ
This book kicks the donkeys behind so far that it actually reaches it's destination. Where that is I don't know possibly round the world and back onto the donkey but the fact... Read morePublished 21 months ago by H. Nayak
Laugh out loud commentary fused with uber helpful, to-the-point tips for any writer who is or wants to be a pro.Published 21 months ago by Jenny F.
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