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- Publisher: terribleminds (April 21, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 21, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JV8CDDO
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Since then, I have completed my novel and it won a damn decent award. It is sitting on several agent desks seeing if it has what it takes to go to the next level.
Now, no writing guide will produce the manuscript for you [*edited after receiving agent email* *headdesk* *swan dive into cupcake box*] and no writing guide will fix the manuscript for you. As The Chuck repeats over and over: talking and reading about writing is not writing. I guess reviewing writing guides really isn't writing either, but what the hell, it's dinner time. Writing guides won't freshen your breath or make your laundry white either, but they damn skippy have value.
What a writing guide like "500 Ways to Write Harder" does is motivate and help me over the rough times. Write Harder gives a fresh perspective and a take-no-prisoners approach that is good for self-examination and honest laugh-out-loud moments in public places that are getting harder and harder to explain. My therapist and I are working on that.
Now, the obligatory disclaimer. There will be one-star reviews decrying vulgarity, foulness, obscenity, and generally naughty language and innuendo. You speshul snowflakes just need to bite me. Go ahead, bite me. Do it now and get it out of your system.
Distilled from the font of dubious writing advice, Terribleminds, this ebook is a worthy addition to your collection. Chuck sorts through all the posts for his infamous "25" lists, so you don't have to. Support the blog and learn a damn thing or two or five hundred. Go on, I'll wait.
I am not by any means a professional writer - I don't even blog (regularly) - but I retired as a technical editor and I still am responsible for an insignificant monthly newsletter for which I review and edit contributions. I know that I CAN write fairly well and that I SHOULD write more, toward which end I am happy to have found this and a few other helpful writing advice books. So far, however, I am doing more reading about writing than actually writing, but that will change soon. I hope.
What I want to say about even the very small portion of this book available just in the "Look Inside" feature is that every point this man makes is a gem and absolutely spot on. I HAVE WORKED with writers that pull all of the hare-brained wrong things to do mentioned in this book - and anyone who does want to write harder should keep on doing things - such as ignoring assignments, submission guidelines, deadlines, helpful critiques, your target audience, etc., etc., etc.
Far as I'm concerned, this book is bloody brilliant. When I have actually read more of it, I might be back to add the fifth star.
Now, I'm a fearless juggernaut of an author. My name is well known by everyone in my immediate family. Publishers beat on my door, day and night, demanding that I return all that rental furniture or at least start making regular payments. A tweed jacket, complete with Hemingway-esque elbow patches, spontaneously appeared in my closet, and I smell of aromatic pipe smoke EVEN WHILE BATHING.
Thank you, Mr. Wendig. I shall be sure to mention you in my Hugo award acceptance speech.
The signing line forms to the right.
If you're at all interested in writing, publishing (self v traditional are both discussed) or other aspects of the craft, this book is excellent and very reasonably priced. As with his similar books on sale on Amazon, I feel like I always get some great tips and even inspired to write while reading them and highly recommend this book and his others in his series.
But it is what it is.
All that said, I've reviewed another of his writing books positively and I like his writing advice.
I don't know what went wrong with the book I read and didn't like...but life goes one.
If you're a beginning writer (or thinking about becoming one) I'd suggest adding this to your library.