250 Things You Should Know About Writing [NOOK Book]

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“Chuck Wendig hammers out writing and career advice that's always brave, profane, creative, clever, and honest. And don't forget hilarious. You'll never laugh so hard learning so much." – Matt Forbeck, game designer and author of AMORTALS and VEGAS KNIGHTS (Angry Robot).

“You walk into this book a quivering neophyte crusted with writer fantasies and walk away a seasoned word warrior ready to do battle in the arena we call publishing.” – Kristen Lamb, author of ARE YOU THERE BLOG, IT’S ME, WRITER

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Overview

“Chuck Wendig hammers out writing and career advice that's always brave, profane, creative, clever, and honest. And don't forget hilarious. You'll never laugh so hard learning so much." – Matt Forbeck, game designer and author of AMORTALS and VEGAS KNIGHTS (Angry Robot).

“You walk into this book a quivering neophyte crusted with writer fantasies and walk away a seasoned word warrior ready to do battle in the arena we call publishing.” – Kristen Lamb, author of ARE YOU THERE BLOG, IT’S ME, WRITER

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250 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRITING is a booze-soaked, profanity-brined, Zen-lacquered look at the craft and art of writing, one list of “25 Things” at a time.

Featured within this book are “25 Things You Should Know About…”

…Being A Writer, Writing A Novel, Writing A Screenplay, Writing A F**king Sentence, Storytelling, Character, Plot, Dialogue, Description, Editing/Revising, and finally, Getting Published.

(And yes, that’s actually 11 lists, which means the book actually has *275* things you should know about writing, but let’s be honest, 250 sounds much cooler. Let’s just go ahead and call that, “25 bonus tips,” shall we? Boom. Value added.)

The book features tips and notions such as: “Big Ideas Do Well In Small Spaces,” “Why Bad Decisions Are A Good Decision,” “Nobody Sees Themselves As A Supporting Character,” and “Plot Is Promise.”

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At terribleminds[dot]com, Chuck Wendig dispenses nuggets (and sometimes outright manifestos) of writing advice on a daily basis, and the site has been named one of the Top 101 Websites For Writers of 2011 by WRITER’S DIGEST.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012790170
  • Publisher: Terribleminds
  • Publication date: 7/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 76,481
  • File size: 477 KB

Meet the Author

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, game designer, and all-around freelance penmonkey.

He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at the Sundance Film Festival 2011, and their feature film HiM is in development with producer Ted Hope. They both wrote the digital transmedia drama Collapsus, which was nominated for an International Digital Emmy and a Games 4 Change award.

Chuck's novel Double Dead will be out in November, 2011 with Abaddon. Blackbirds and Mockingbirds will both come out in 2012 under Angry Robot Books. Chuck is apparently popular in England.

He is also the writer behind short story collection Irregular Creatures and another big ol’ book of writing advice. Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey.

He's written too much. He should probably stop. Give him a wide berth, as he might be drunk and untrustworthy. He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with a wonderful wife, a newborn son, and a taco terrier.

He is represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

You can find him at his website, terribleminds[dot]com, where he is busy dispensing dubious writing advice and publishing wisdom.
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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    Writing advice that is entertaining and helpful at the same time

    Writing advice that is entertaining and helpful at the same time. If dirty language offends you ; steer clear, but if not then buy it and laugh while you learn something new or maybe just learn to look at some aspects of writing a bit differently(but yes, you will laugh). Chuck Wendig's 250 Things You Should Know About Writing is empowering and uplifting and right after I read it I wrote 2,000 words when I'd felt like I had writers' block just before. It's good what less than a dollar can get you.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Funny helpful but sooo many sex references

    It was well-written and funny but really just old info repackaged....and every other line had a sex joke

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    The first

    This one started the 500, even though this one is 250. Quite a bit of helpful info in here. The entire series is good, fun (though not clean fun), and useful, like a here's-what-you-can-do-so-go-do-it-but-your-own-way guide to writing. Chuck encourages the reader to succeed. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Awesomesauce!

    I am an unabashed fan of Chuck Wendig's blog and series of writing books. As a fellow writer, when newbies approach me for advice I list Chuck Wendig at the top of my reccomended reading, along with Lawrence Block and James Scott Bell. From the hip and funny as hell, if you don't like him then get your sense of humor checked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Seriously Helpful ¿ Deliciously Profane

    I stumbled upon Chuck Wendig¿s blog, Terribleminds, while reading some forgettable story that was fed through my Google Reader. My first reaction: ¿How crude!¿ This progressed into ¿How deliciously crude!¿ and finally into ¿¿wow, I never looked at it like that, lemme try this¿¿ ¿250 Things¿ (actually a misnomer, there are 275, but as the author himself said, 250 is a much nicer, clean number) is jammed full of solid advice. Some of it you many have heard before¿but never delivered like this, in everyday language that anyone who has had to stare at the blinking cursor of their writing program for hours on end (and spent several minutes inventing swear words in front of) can relate to. The advice is sound; the language, refreshingly vulgar and conversational¿a little nod to the fact that yes, ANYONE can write with the right tools under his belt. This quick but informative piece has earned a place on my Nookshelf next to the ¿Elements of Style.¿ A more rough-and-ready style, perhaps, but¿what¿s life without a little flavor (text)?

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Great information presented in an entertaining style

    First a disclaimer: This book is not for the easily offended. The language is salty.

    With that warning out of the way, If you're interested in writing this is a great book. It is filled with information about writing, editing, publishing, and the writer's lifestyle. All this serious and potentially boring information is presented in an accessible, clear manner. Rather than being a manual on writing it's more like you're having drinks with Chuck and he is telling you his thoughts on writing and being a writer. Go pour up a glass of your favorite poison, kick back, and enjoy.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    All Writers Will Enjoy - and Learn

    Fabulous book; laughed so hard I almost wet myself a few times. Is any of the information brand spanking new? Some; mostly it's things I've heard and read before, but presented in a way that's so entertaining they have a better chance of sticking in the little pea-brain I call my mind.

    I love that he doesn't treat Writing as the Great Holy Quest which must be treated with All Due Reverence (cue music; genuflect now.) Lots of profanity (which should not offend anyone trying to write, we use it at if not in our work) and not sugar-coating the very rough road it can be. The only way you would not like it, if you are a writer is if profanity does offend you, even the good-natured tongue-in-cheek kind, or if you take Writing (and yourself) much too seriously.

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