- 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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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 ›
I would say there are a few bits that repeat from other books, and some readers complained that it's vague, but it's meant to be bite-sized info and I found that it covered different aspects of previous topics.So, your mileage may vary, I guess, but I still consider this a fantastic guide and Wendig is my go-to man for how-tos.
Buy it, read it, love it, and then buy basically everything else he's written--I honestly just did and I am enjoying everything so far.
"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.
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.
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 16 months ago by Kitten
Some great advice in here. I like Wendig's humourous writing style.Published 19 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 23 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 24 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 on May 30, 2014 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 on May 15, 2014 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 on April 30, 2014 by Jenny F.
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