on 11 March 2013
Really smart writing from a guy who honestly wants you to write better. The book (a collection of blogs) comes across like the mad rantings of some dude at the end of the bar yelling 'and another thing ..' before weeping uncontrollably, smashing the whiskey bottle, and contemplating self harm. And it's all the funnier, smarter - and, crucially - more helpful - for all that.
Is it telling you stuff you already know? Well, as someone buying a 'How To Write' book, then, yes, it probably is. But that's somewhat the point, re-stating some truths (including the relief-to-hear You Will Write Crap Sometimes) manages to reinvest you with a great deal of energy and a reminder why you even considered writing in the first place.
on 20 January 2013
Chuck's book isn't just about beating down the self built walls of the precious 'blocked writer' with his bloodied fists, nah. The man is smart, and manages to mix high brow references with popular culture in a hilarious mix. I have never laughed so much as when reading his work. It has also made me more productive and less of a 'special flower' waiting for the muse to come and wave her magic fairy wand. Also, his writer descriptions are terrifyingly exact, causing me to search about the room for the hidden webcam spying on me. All in all, this book is a kind of therapy, but avoid if easily offended. I have learned a lot from Chuck Wendig, and enjoyed myself immensely during the process.