- File Size: 752 KB
- Print Length: 191 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 3, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005L9CZSA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Revenge of the Penmonkey Kindle Edition
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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
Instead this is a collection of essays telling writers to write, damn it, write, blah blah blah, and quit being a bitchy little girl and write really good stuff to earn your chops yada yada yada, and writers are under-appreciated and misunderstood, but that's life so get used to it yom yom yom. So if you're a writer, you probably ought to read this book because it's got everything you need to know about being a writer and not being a baby-snot-whining-poopy-pants always moaning about how HARD it is being a writer. Suck it up and write.
Extra special bonus features! This book is written in code! It's full of cookies and cool stuff. If you solve the BIG PUZZLE you'll have access to the humongous secret vault buried eight stories below the Smithsonian Museum and on Tuesdays between 4 and 5 p.m. you can take all the gold, silver, gems, priceless art, secrets to the universe and occult artifacts you can stuff in a brown paper sack. Just don't cheat and do something really stupid like highlight words and type them backward on your itty bitty Kindle keyboard (especially not words that rhyme with "rock stoffel). If you do something dumb like that, space dragons will burst through the Kindle screen and lay eggs in your eyeballs. (I'll be forwarding the opthalmologist's bill forthwith, Chuck.)
One major criticism. Wendig did not use the word "onager." Not even once. An omission I hope he corrects in his next book.
Chuck Wendig, on the other hand, is down in the trenches, right next to you, asking why in the hell you weren't issued booze and an iPad along with the spades to dig your foxholes.
Revenge of the Penmonkey is the third book of writing advice he's put on Kindles, and the veteran status of his work shows. This is a guy who's been through the wringer. He's struggled, hand over hand, one word at a time, to carve out his own place as a storyteller and an iconoclast. He doesn't just show you how to make it as a novelist, short story writer, freelance penmonkey and menace to society - he shows you why.
He gives you a "day in the life" entry that puts any office experience to shame. He explains in exhausting, knuckle-popping detail why your action scenes need to jump up, crane-kick and actually mean something. He shows you why self-publishing that limp piece of purple prose in your hand is a really, really bad idea. And he explains why he can say as much as he does with as much authority as he does. He's been there, man. He's seen the enemy. Looked it in the eyeballs. And it's us.
Read between the lines of Revenge of the Penmonkey, moreso than his first two advice books, and you'll see what Chuck is really trying to tell us, what he wants to scream at us while shaking us by the lapels: Snap out of it. The words won't write themselves.Read more ›
I give it 5 stars not only because it is full of useful, tangible advice, but because I would have paid more for it! Honestly, most books I purchase fall short of my expectations. This rose above them. I even dabbed away a sniffly tear or two. But I mostly laughed - its all so true, so funny, regardless of your place in the writing journey or your genre of choice. A hearty "Well Done!" to The Beard.
However, what turns me into a raving Wendigoth, ready to storm the gates of Paris are the posts themselves. They cut to the beating heart of the writing process. Chuck is a drill sargeant at his obnoxious best. I have his footprints up my back and little tap-dancey toe prints on my scalp, and all I can say is, "Please Sir. May I have some more?" That's onaccountacuz Chuck gets me fired up about writing. Even when (sometimes especially when) I see too much of myself in the "SIGNS YOU MAY SUCK" posts.
I immediately say, "oh yeah . . ." and run off to my WIP. A thousand words in, I'm cussing Chuck and saying that I'll show him who sucks! "Not me! No sirree!" And Chuck is always yelling at me, "Suck it up Buttercup!" For some reason, he always calls me Buttercup. Shut up already.
And then another 500 words later, the realization:
I've been had . . .
Like a drill sergeant who can make you attack a twenty foot wall like it's a melty pile of fresh nachos (ummm . . . nachos) and then thank him as you pick mud out of your dainty places, Chuck's books make me want it. Even on the days when I think my want it is busted.
Now, the obligatory disclaimer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chuck Wendig uses humor to rev up a writer, and rev up he does! He doesn't spill on and on, he tells you in quick pieces frankly to get to writing, stop whining, and how to shatter... Read morePublished 13 months ago by cbugs
Funny, informative, original and helpful. And weird, dark, a bit harsh, too. Loved it. I truly dig this guy's writing style, it is refreshing and honest and quirky and profane. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sabra Kay
Again, this is a gathering of his online blog posts about writing. But this collection is full of useful, hard-hitting, no-nonsense advice that definitely will help you grow as a... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Zalmorion the Fantastic
I'm a huge fan of Wendig's style of writing. He knows his audience, and more importantly, he knows how to connect with them.Published on December 3, 2013 by Benjamin Ryan T.
"Revenge of the Penmonkey" is an insightful, funny and practical book that attempts -- and succeeds -- to provide readers with Chuck Wendig's unique brand of writing... Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
never you I could learn so much and laugh at the same time. Brilliant tips given as only Chuck Wendig can. He's awesome. Jus' sayin'Published on June 15, 2013 by Wendy L Curtis
If nothing else this book will get your creative energies flowing, the wicked bizarre side of your brain firing, and a flare in your gut pushing you to finish that book. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by J. Simcic
This book is a MIGHTY BOMB made of writing advice, satirical analyses and biographical cookies, all wrapped up in razor sharp humor. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Veronica Sicoe
Chuck Wendig's back with more profanity-drenched, abusive and possibly defamatory writing advice for gun fetishists, bourbon addicts and... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Dave Versace
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