- File Size: 453 KB
- Print Length: 163 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Terribleminds; First edition (February 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007AUJDLU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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500 More Ways To Be A Better Writer Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
I will say that some of the language used, while not gratuitous, is a tad bit naughty. You have been warned.
The bad: I had to work hard to sift the advice from Wendig's humor and profanity filled text. Don't get me wrong. He's a funny guy, and I didn't mind the endless profanity and sexual innuendos (that's his style), but sometimes I just wanted the distilled nuggets of goodness. Chuck, consider bolding your actual advice so at least it stands out among the insane prose. Enjoyed the prose but it often masked your wisdom, oh penmonkey-shaman!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can never get enough Chuck. Just when I think there is no good writing advice left, he smacks me in the face with more. He knows just how I like it!Published 5 months ago by Carma Haley Shoemaker
More of the same from Wendig - but that's still pretty consistent quality over a large number of books! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kristian Thoroughgood
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. Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by ANM
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.Published on January 19, 2014 by Crazydancer
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 morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Alfred
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 morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Fellow Traveler
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 morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Wendy L Curtis
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