11 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Guess I'll have to write without his advice,
This review is from: 500 Ways To Be A Better Writer (Kindle Edition)
I find it hard to believe that a person who mistakes vulgarity for humor has advice worth pursuing.
Do yourself a favor and buy a book written by a grown-up.
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2012 7:13:01 AM PST
Cynthia L. Pauwels says:
Your loss, certainly. Chuck has a tremendous amount of extremely helpful advice. His humor is crude, but those of us who appreciate his wisdom are adult enough to handle it.
Posted on Jan 21, 2012 7:18:31 AM PST
M. Craft says:
Alas for you; while there are forms of vulgarity that are pretty obviously childish and immature behavior, Chuck's isn't among them. He hits the boundary where he manages serious, honest suggestions and advice while still managing to be profane in a George Carlin sort of style. Depriving yourself of his wit and insight over a prudish offense at his choice of words says far more about your own hangups than it does about this book.
Posted on Jan 21, 2012 7:21:13 AM PST
That is not a review. It doesn't even sound like the reviewer has read the book.
Posted on Jan 21, 2012 8:58:27 AM PST
Christopher Gronlund says:
I guess we all have different tastes. Just last night, while driving home with my wife after running some errands, we started chatting about writing blogs and other things. And I mentioned how Wendig does this balancing act I really appreciate. He's himself, and sure--he swears and might even be "vulgar" at times. But he's always kind.
So many writers with the...attitude(?) Wendig has, are negative. They are in-your-face, and it's an easy way out for them. While Wendig can be a bit gonzo at times, he's not mean or negative or anything but who he is. From reading his blog, and a handful of his books, who he is seems like a good guy who offers a style of advice that may not work for everybody, but then...what does?
I will never write a story like something Wendig will write -- I have different tastes and goals in what I set out to do as a writer. But that doesn't mean I'd dispel everything Wendig says, because in between all the "vulgarity," is some very solid writing advice.
Posted on Jan 21, 2012 9:37:24 AM PST
Stephanie A. Smith says:
Thanks for your review. >Click< Just bought myself a new book! Not only do I like vulgarity, but I like telling all my friends about vulgar books. I think I'll go tweet this right now.
This is just what I was looking for!
Now, I'm off to raid your review lists and buy everything you called "vulgar" or "immature." I think this will work better than the current rating system. I can't thank you enough.
Posted on Jan 21, 2012 9:48:23 AM PST
Samuel Solomon says:
Chuck Wendig is a genius and far and away my most valued advisor in the writing realm. Anyone who gets butt-hurt over naughty words has a lot bigger issues than just needing writing advice. Chuck Wendig RULES! ~Samuel Solomon
Posted on Jan 21, 2012 10:04:51 AM PST
Joshua Kubli says:
Apparently, Serendipity has never heard of George Carlin. Or different people with different tastes in humor. Sad.
Posted on Jan 21, 2012 4:51:31 PM PST
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Jack W. Mccullough says:
I find it hilarious that you're complaining that this book is full of vulgarities, yet you give a five star review to the book "Be A Sex-Writing Strumpet!" Seriously? Given this fact, and your distaste for naughty words, one can only assume that you're writing Amish porn.
Posted on Jul 26, 2012 8:11:13 AM PDT
A. Mansfield says:
It never ceases to amaze me, the number of people who don't bother reading a book's description before buying it. Here, in case you missed them, are the very first two lines from this book's description:
"500 WAYS TO BE A BETTER WRITER aims to provide novelists, screenwriters and other flavors of penmonkey with an avalanche of writing tips and storytelling tricks. All of it greased up with whisky and bad language (let that serve as your first and only warning: this is a very NSFW book of writing advice)."
"Bad language" and "very NSFW" didn't clue you in that this might not be the book for you?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2012 5:35:31 PM PDT
Da Readah says:
Stephanie, naughty, naughty! You reviewed the book at least 4 months before you posted your comment saying, "Thanks for your review. >Click< Just bought myself a new book!" You might want to keep a portable fire extinguisher handy and keep an eye on your backside, dear.