500 Ways To Write Harderaims to deliver a volley of micro-burst idea bombs and advisory missiles straight to your frontal penmonkey cortex. Want to learn more about writing, storytelling, publishing, and living the creative life? This book contains a high-voltage dose of information about outlining, plot twists, writer's block, antagonists, writing conferences, self-publishing, and more.
All this, straight from the sticky blog pages ofterribleminds.com, one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers (as named by Writer's Digest).
This book contains the following chapters:
Chuck Wendig delivers machine-gun-fire pithy pieces of advice on all aspects of writing and publishing. You’ll need to take it in small doses, and you’ll keep coming back. I only recently met Chuck. Not only is he an extremely popular fiction writer, he’s been a tireless advocate for writers and disseminator of advice. It’s like reading from a firehose. – Kevin J. Anderson
"Chuck Wendig's Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey is full of the kind of writing advice I wish I'd gotten in school. Practical, brutally honest, and done with the kind of humor that will make it stick in your brain. Whether you're a veteran writer or new to the craft, you'll find something useful in here. Plus he says 'fuck' a lot, so, you know, there's that."– Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things
Reading this book will not make you a better writer.
I'm supposed to tell you differently. I'm supposed to say, THIS BOOK IS 156% GUARANDAMNTEED TO MAKE YOU 478% BETTER AS A WRITER. I'm supposed to assure you that, upon the conclusion of you reading this book, you will be so filled with the breath of the Muse that it's like rolling a natural 20 in D&D or getting a Get Out Of Jail Free card in that shitty game, Monopoly. I should be promising you that it will make you be a better writer, storyteller, publisher, marketer, blogger, thinker, word-herder, penmonkey, and overall biblio-champion. It will, were I to lie, make you a better lover, a better human, a better spiritual entity.
It's all horseshit.
This book is just an agglomeration of ideas. A sticky, uncertain, sometimes counter- intuitive and contrary agglomeration of ideas.
This book isn't magic.
It won't make you better.
It's not a pill. It's not an unguent. It's not a storytelling suppository.
It is both passive and inert.
If you're going to become a better writer – if you are going to, as the name of this book suggests, write harder – than you will do that all by yourself.
You're the only one who can make yourself a better writer.
This book is a springboard to that, if you want it to be. It's a book that's meant to jostle loose the scree, to break apart the picture you already know into its requisite puzzle pieces. It's a series of thoughts, notions, ideas, tips, tricks, comments, questions, complaints, marriage proposals, death threats.
The goal of this book is to energize you. To force you to think about how you do things. To rethink how you tell stories and write words and promote yourself and be creative and live the life of a bonafide penmonkey. This book represents a series of
exclamations and question marks. Each statement or question is meant to be a tool – a tool you may use, or discard, at your leisure.
But you're the only one who matters. This book isn't just a thought exercise. It is a call to action. Because without action – without doing – you accomplish nothing. Talking about writing isn't the same as writing.
Thinking about writing isn't the same as writing. Reading this book about writing isn't the same as writing.
I joked on Twitter the other day about the "Seven Habits Of Successful Writers," which, really, isn't a joke at all. The seven habits of successful and effective writers?
1. Write 2. Write 3. Write More 4. Keep Writing 5. Finish Writing 6. Rewrite 7. Go Write Something Else
(To clarify, that's not meant to be weighted unfairly against rewriting which, by the way, is just writing.)
You want to get better? Get better. Use this book as a stepstool, sure. But by itself, it does nothing without your consideration, your action, your effort.
Go. Do. Write. Write hard right now, and write harder tomorrow than you did today.