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250 Things You Should Know About Writing [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Wendig
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“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 the essays “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 sections such as:

“The Transubstantiation of Trope,” “Why Bad Decisions Are A Good Decision,” “Nobody Sees Themselves As A Supporting Character,” "I Want To Buy The Semi-Colon A Private Sex Island," and “Plot Is Promise.”

Contained within are things you should know about plot holes, self-publishing versus legacy publishing, "on-the-nose" dialogue, story versus plot, metaphors, copy-editing, killing darlings with a claw hammer, cursing like an undead pirate, and generally being a cranky and irreverent creative type.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Terribleminds; First edition (16 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D4Y2GQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No substance 2 Sept. 2012
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The person who said this book contains 25 things repeated 10 times got it exactly right. It's also written in a style the author may consider to be direct and pulling no punches but is actually irritating and silly. If you wade through the rubbish you may find one or two useful points though mostly they're obvious. You cannot complain for £0.77, though and you can read it in ten minutes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 25 things, repeated ten times 21 May 2012
By Niall
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The problem here is repetition. The brash humour works on a list of 25 things, just. However, when what you're getting is the same brash humour, repeating the same advice, over and over... The overall effect is one of a stand-up comic who has been doing the same act for 25 years; his microphone stand knows the jokes as well as he does.

One piece of advice I did take on fully: Mr Wendig says that advice on writing is dependent on you. Good advice is good if it works for you. The style of writing Mr Wendig proposes, however, is his style of writing, not mine. The best advice I can give is to not read this book, because you will have heard all of it before. However, your mileage may vary; no advice is good advice, after all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and entertaining 8 Oct. 2011
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Some insightful, practical advice presented in a very funny, no-holds-barred style -- like your best mate, who happens to know a lot about writing, sat you down in the pub one night and said, 'Now, listen, this is how it is...'

Great fun.
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Chuck Wendig has written a book that gives excellent tips to being a better writer. What makes this guide different from others is this one is written in a in-your-face style that doesn't really care if you get offended or not, But does care if you get the points being made.

Overall, this has been a great book giving me some incredible insight, well worth the time to read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 8 Aug. 2011
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There are a lot of books on writing, and I've read an arm load, but I think this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. It's refreshingly honest, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, and very easy to dip into if you need a pep talk. On a par with Save The Cat for clear-cut, straightforward advice.
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Chuck Wendig, author of The Blue Blazes (and other novels that I’ve never heard of), dishes out 250 tips/opinions about writing. Each piece of advice (or rant, or comment) is written in a concise, humorous paragraph or two, and primarily littered with swear words. The advice, for the most part, is good, but there’s a chance some people will lose it amongst the rubble of Chuck’s twisted (and entertaining) sense of humour. Also, due to the length of each section, Chuck rarely elaborates on his points, which works for someone who already understands the mechanics of writing but might be annoying or frustrating to amateurs hoping to learn the fundamentals.

In essence, it’s a refresher guide: a quick, funny reminder of all the writing techniques and tips you probably already know. If you’re a beginner, however, it might not be the best teaching tool—but it’s worth a read anyway.

Unless you’re easily offended.

Then—stay away. Stay far, far away.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I think I just snorted instant coffee... 5 Jan. 2012
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This is my first exposure to Mr Wendig and I have to say I'm seriously impressed. He writes in a fast, aggressive, funny, sweary, informative and dizzying stream-of-consciousness style which made me feel invigorated. I feel like I've jumped out of a cold shower into the supersonic creative slipstream of a slightly mad genius, if you want to write: buy this book. Forget all those slightly dry motivational tomes about prioritising, goal setting and visualisation; my Kindle was showing 25% complete when I couldn't stop my self going out to my office to practice what he's preaching.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta go for Wendigo! 16 July 2012
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Reading Chuck Wendig's '250 Things You Should Know About Writing' is like taking writing advice from a drunk bloke in the pub that you got talking to while waiting for the barman to change the barrel. Except the drunk guy is a great writer and knows what he's talking about.

The appeal of this book is that it's all in bitesize parcels instead of being in one large tome. Perfect for someone with an interest in writing and the attention span of a weasel on crystal meth, like myself. He's also fond of swearing, which is refreshing, in an inverse kind of way. This is the type of book that someone who writes themselves can refer back to easily, whereas a lot of the self-help style writing guides are often rarely re-opened after that first reading.

Highly recommended if you're looking for writing guidance that's akin to being harangued by a drunken novelist who's reading over your shoulder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a shot of adrenaline to the writing part of the brain
I absolutely love this book. It's as though you have your own personal writing trainer there, encouraging you, teasing you, reproaching you, telling you how to do it better,... Read more
Published on 9 April 2013 by P. J. Coffey
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I found the product to be exactly as described and am very pleased with it - I would recommend you to my friends
Published on 6 Mar. 2013 by Horace Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic tips for writing.
Chuck Wendig knows how to give tips in a way you enjoy receiving them, I felt really inspired after every line!
Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by Asta Pahkakangas
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
The most useless book I have ever bought about writing techniques and it is full of bad language too. Read more
Published on 15 Nov. 2012 by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hehe... where's this mans mind? Can I go there please?
A refreshing change to the hum-drum books I've read on writing. Yes, it's probably not for the easily offended, and most of his points are covered in other books; but I would... Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by Kirsty Fitzpatrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading once.
The book was concise, funny and easy to read, it avoided too much detail, I wouldn't use it as a reference guide or a bible to writing, but it's worth reading at least once.
Published on 10 Jun. 2012 by Greynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start
This is the first book that I've purchased on writing advice. Partly because having read reviews of other books I didn't think it was possible to find one that gave good advice... Read more
Published on 20 May 2012 by jennyw86
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tips, using street language. Learn and laugh...
Learn and laugh through this book of tips on the writing craft, which is both easy to read and follow.
Published on 26 April 2012 by Apollon
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