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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 whilst providing realistic and hilarious insights in to the life of a writer. Chuck has encouraged me to get my 'stuff'(because I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to swear in these reviews?) together and edit the literary vomit on my laptop in to something someone may want to read without gouging out their own eyes.
The writing advice is helpful and positive and I can only admire someone who can sight their own faults and use them as a platform to help others. Unlike many other books Chuck does not use the 'well you could be a writer but you'll never be as good as I am' that has put me off similar books.
If you have no sense of humour or have never wondered just a little bit if your kind of mental then don't bother with this book. If you're looking for a mixture of good advice combined with clever wit then continue on because the flippant hilarity is what kept me engaged and by god I actually learnt something