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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Terribleminds; First edition (22 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E71JC4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is easy to dip in and out of, being a collection of points on different topics for writers getting their story written to the best of their ability. If you don't like self-deprecating or vulgar (but humorous) motivational nudging (or sometimes shoving), this might not be the writing aid you need, but with that in mind, you can't buy it and then complain it's "too" this or that. It is what it says: 500 ways to tell your story better. It's not a series of sweet and mild suggestions. Wendig may ramble in his ranting at times (as he warns right from the start) but I find it all adds up to his purpose, and why not? It makes for a more enjoyable read than your typical dry "how to be a writer" books cluttering the market that tend to be 80% blank worksheets. The colourful language and in-your-face style wakes me up with each read and gets my ideas flowing, and that's the point, as far as I'm concerned. Definitely will recommend!
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Wending is not known for his softness. He writes the way he speaks (I assume, because it sounds like it, but it's not like I've met the guy). He swears plenty too, so if you are offended by it then it's probably not for you.

But for those who focus on the content, and can handle directness and honest words even if they don't give you an easy way out, then this is a great book. The chapters are divided into easy-to-read chunks which covers specific areas (provided in the description on Amazon), and each chapter contains 25 tips.

Most of it is not revolutionary, but then hardly any advice is as people have been struggling to become better writer for centuries. However, Wending has put it together in a way that you can grab it for some quick inspiration.

If you are having doubts about your plot or character or wondering if you should go full time as a writer, you can read the relevant chapters and find a solution or guidance to take the next step.

Keep this handy, and read it as a re-fresher whenever you find your writerly self skulking in the corner or being lazy, because everyone needs a kick now and again to get going.
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If what you want is a warm and fuzzy book about the writing life, with lots of gentle encouragement and "yay, go you little snowflake!" - type advice, this book is not for you. If you're not a fan of 'earthy' language and irreverent humour, you will most likely be offended by this book. If, on the other hand, you want the gold nugget truth about writing, getting better at writing and whether making a living as a writer is even possible, from someone who's fought in those trenches and not only survived but thrived - and you're not averse to laughing until coffee comes out of your nose while you get that - then you NEED this book. Packed with all the advice other writing how-to books won't tell you, it covers subjects like tackling the 'mushy middle' of your story, how to break out of that 'aspiring writer' mindset and what you really need to make it a full-time writer. It's not for the sensitive little flowers. But you can't make it as a writer anyway if that's what you are.
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I have all of Chuck Wendig's books on writing and they are simply fantastic reads with good, clear advice. I've read Stephen King's 'On Writing' and Sol Stein's 'Stein on Writing' and, where they are fairly long-winded and take their time to deliver the requisite advice, this book (and the others in the '500' series) hammer out the same advice and more with lighting rapidity.

If you're serious about writing, read this. And does it help? Well, I just finished a novel after reading this, so probably.
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Packed full of excellent advice for writers, whether new and learning the ropes, but be warned, there's lots of schoolboy humour of a sexual nature that may offend. And, in the end, that's what prevents me giving five stars — some of the language is more memorable than the advice Wendig gives. But you have to admire the guy: he really puts himself out there and is a genuine, hard-grafting writer who knows how to write great stories and make ends meet.
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