Tag Archives: Chuck Wendig

Books and Piracy

Awesome article from Chuck Wendig. The only thing I’ll add is:

1) I cannot afford all the books I wish to read, either. Too bad no one’s invented this neat system where there are books for the taking, for a few weeks at a time. I’m sure if someone did come up with such a thing, they’d be so popular we’d have more of them in this country than McDonald’s restaurants.

That said, he does a good job of refuting a lot of points an anonymous book pirate gives him without coming off like a dickhead about it. (Unlike the pirate… “Now, take a deep breath and re-read 1 & 2.” Come on.)

On Piracy…

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Writing Rules and “Rules”

From the always-excellent “Terrible Minds” blog, here is Mr Chuck Wendig writing about the difference between writing laws and writing guidelines. If you’re a fan of his work and especially his non-fiction, you probably have already clicked on the link. If you’re not, stop whatever you’re doing (yes, even if whatever you’re doing happens to be putting out a fire or googling ‘how to give a turtle the Heimlich Manoeuvre’) and get yourself good and acquainted with him.

In Writing, There Are Rules, And Then There Are “Rules”

Blogs/ Writers to look for

Eventually I’m going to have a blogroll at the side, but for now, I want to take time every Friday to list a few literary and writing sites that I enjoy. These are in no particular order; I don’t necessarily endorse everything they say, and in many cases, the writers probably have no clue who I am. They’re just blogs that I like to look at when I’m breaking from writing… whether in the sense of ‘taking a break’ or ‘becoming broken.’

Terrible Minds:  Chuck Wendig

I confess… I like his fiction, and I’m not trying to disparage it at all. But his blogging and non-fiction will forever occupy a place in my heart. A tiny, blackened, charred, obscene place, but a place nonetheless. His books of writing tips are shocking, funny, and just all-around great pieces of work.

Karavansara:  Davide Mana

Signore Mana and I connected a little while back, I think, because of some Sword-and-Sorcery articles I wrote for Way Too Fantasy. His blog is a wonderful repository of all things pulp fiction related, and has already pointed me to a few writers I may not have discovered. He also has a fun short on Amazon and hopefully more to come.

Reddit:  Writing

Not a personal blog, of course, and also one of the generally best sources of writing information, support, and entertainment. There are other subreddits based on what type of writing you’d like to do, but usually, a few minutes (okay… it’s reddit… a few hours) here give me the strength to keep going on one of my projects.

According to Hoyt:  Sarah Hoyt

I tried to link to one of her articles yesterday, only to realize that it wasn’t her day to post on the Mad Genius Club blog. (Also, I realized the importance of having someone double-check your posts, and triple-check if you’re at home recovering from the first time you took a sick day in four-and-a-half years.) According to Hoyt is the blog that really pushed me over the edge into self-publishing (along with a lot of encouragement from June Stormcrow, also at Way Too Fantasy). She blogs about libertarian and conservative issues a lot as well and always puts things into pointed, sometimes biting language.

I’ll have more later, and if anyone has any recommendations, please drop a line. I’m still trying to feel my way around the new blog and would love to get input from other writers out there.