“If it weren't for Chuck Wendig's advice, I'd have fallen off the writing map long ago.” -- Karina Cooper, Author of Blood of the Wicked
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500 WAYS TO BE A BETTER WRITER aims to provide novelists, screenwriters and other flavors of penmonkey with an avalanche of writing tips and storytelling tricks. All of it greased up with whisky and bad language (let that serve as your first and only warning: this is a very NSFW book of writing advice).
500 WAYS contains the following:
Prologue: 25 Things You Should Know About Writing Advice
25 Questions To Ask As You Write
25 Reasons You Won’t Finish That Story
25 Things You Should Know About Endings
25 Things You Should Know About Mood
25 Things You Should Know About NaNoWriMo
25 Things You Should Know About Queries, Synopses And Treatments
25 Things You Should Know About Self-Publishing
25 Things You Should Know About Social Media
25 Things You Should Know About Theme
25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror
25 Virtues Writers Should Possess
25 Ways To Be A Better Writer
25 Ways To Defeat Writer’s Block
25 Ways To Fuck With Your Characters
25 Ways To Make Exposition Your Bitch
25 Ways To Plot, Plan And Prep Your Story
The Life Cycle Of A Novel (In 25 Steps)
Appendix 1: 25 Sleep-Deprived And Also Drunken Thoughts On Writing
Appendix 2: 25 Brief-But-Hopefully-Potent Writing Exercises
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At terribleminds.com, Chuck Wendig dispenses nuggets (okay, more like outright manifestos) of dubious writing advice on a daily basis. The site has been named one of the Top 101 Websites For Writers of 2011 by WRITER’S DIGEST.
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About the Author
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, where he is busy dispensing dubious writing advice and publishing wisdom.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was looking for writing advise and found Chuck Wendig. I think the colorful language may turn some people away, but it also can draw you in. His humor masks a serious topic. The hard work behind Writing. I am not one to reread books, but I often have reread sections of this book. It's not a text book it's better!
This guy can be a bit crude, but I am no lady so rock on. He shares some sage advice, more like slinging monkey scat. But its okay if this stuff hits you cuz it helps and it doesnt stink..
If you have a stick up your... um back this book probably isn't for you. But if you are fun this book not only gives valuable tips in and easy to read format, but also provides great entertainment value. Even I decided tomorrow I didn't really want to write I would still read Chuck Wendig just for the laughs.
A continuation of his 250 Things Writers Should Know, 500 Ways brings up useful subjects like creating conflict in your story, dealing with exposition, writing endings, and general questions writers can ponder while writing their current story. This ebook differs from the previous tome in that it deals more with the writers themselves. Wendig points out the many ways writers can cause themselves problems or screw up their writing, and gives suggestions on how to overcome them.
If you're into writing nice touchy-feely children's stories about fuzzy bunnies and beautiful daisies then this is the book for you. In this day of crude and abusive language Chuck Wendig's 500 Ways to be a Better Writer is fresh air and sunshine. An airier fairyer book I could not imagine. If you believe this you don't know Chuck.