- File Size: 363 KB
- Print Length: 96 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Terribleminds; First edition (July 16, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 16, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005D4Y2GQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Yet, when this guy says it in his book, my students listen. I've used a few pieces in class and even my emo, I-am-sad-and-I-will-write-whatever-I-want students perk up.
Awesome book. Foul-mouthed and in-your-face. Exactly what I like in a book!
One suggestion to readers: do NOT read at night if you are wanting to drift off. I laughed so hard reading some of this that I almost peed. That does not help you sleep.
I don't really read nonfiction, and I usually hate writing advice compendiums. Hate with the fiery passion of a Spanish Inquisitor. But I didn't expect plain language, tons of cursing, bite-sized chunks of knowledge, wit, and solid advice to be the cure for that. Well, on reflection, I shouldn't have been surprised, because I love those things. Anyway, Wendig really knows what he's doing, and he has a personable style that delivers just enough of a kick in the pants and warm encouragement to really be useful. I have to mention that he is a bit cursory on grammatical and compositional details, so you might need a different book for precise help with sentences, but that's not really the purpose of the book anyway.
I am pretty sure this book has changed my life and outlook on writing; it certainly has done so on editing my own work. As a professional editor and author, I am recommending this book to everyone i know who writes, has questions about writing, is aspiring to be a writer, or who just needs a laugh.
Still in doubt? Read the one-stars. If you're not convinced this book is sinfully readable and awesome, the uptight overreactions will convert you.
This can also be used for anyone who does an "art" (painting, music, dance) to a degree with it's motivational lines mixed with offhand (funny) insults.
That being said, this book is a humorous take on writing and the life of a writer. When I'm in a writing funk I can look in this book and jar myself back to reality. Writing is fun and Chuck reminds us of that while giving some pretty damn good advise in the process. I first bought this book because of a few reviewer's complaints about how nasty the book was (apparently they can't read subtitles) I bought more of his books half way through this one because he made me laugh my ass off.
There are the occasional typos. Nothing to stop you from reading it repeatedly. When I'm stuck on a project this book gets me outside of my own head while keeping me in a writing state of mind.
Let me repeat this book is VULGAR, it is filled with hilariously wrong and disgusting humour. If you don't want to read funny, twisted and occasionally sick material, walk away now. If that is your ball of yarn then by all means, enjoy ;)
I love the advice in this little book, such as this morsel: You put your hand in a whirling clod of wet clay, your're shaping it. Even when you don't mean to. Sometimes you find a shape the way a blind man studies a face. Other times you know the shape at the outset and move your hands to mold the tale.... Plainly speaking, this makes perfect sense and the whole book is like this. The author, at times, may use creative, unconventional euphemisms, but that I guess is what sets this book apart from the normal, conventional, how to write, books. It's the morsels of truth that will get you writing that are important in this little gem, and there are a lot of practical, get you writing morsels that will motivate and arm you with tools to help you as a writer get your big, writer pants on and move forward.
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