Take Those Underpants Off Your Head…! {Great Reads}

Now that we’ve got THAT out of the way…..

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Such sage advice from author Chuck Wendig is what you’ll get in his writer’s how-to books.  Don’t worry ~ you’ll soon see the connection between underpants and writing…. I promise.

I stumbled on to Chuck’s 250 Things You Should Know About Writing a few years ago and immediately loved the content and especially, his voice.

Recently, I read 30 Days in the Word Mines, his how-to for 30 days of writing, which, he says, may or may not be associated with National Novel Writing Month. Nearing the end of National Blog Post Month with @BlogHer, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering what happens when you commit to writing every day for thirty days. Wow! I tweeted about it here:

But, if you’ve never read Chuck’s work, a heads-up……

 Big Girl Panties/Big Boy Shorts recommended.

His liberal use of colorful language and in-your-face, no-holds-barred style is not for the faint of heart.  Think: sailor-turned-author-turned-writing-instructor.  I envision tattoos, half-consumed whiskey bottle next to the keyboard, cigarette burning perilously low, and a scruffy face every time I read his work. Whew!  It’s a ride… one I’ll take again and again thank-you-very-much.

Come to think of it, he does reference whisky and cupcakes in 30 Days, which made it into my “I’ve got a whole new outlook” tweet …

Like pulling up a bar stool with a buddy and getting GREAT tips over a couple of beers, Chuck’s counsel draws knee slaps (as in, Damn, what a good idea, man!), belly laughs (That’s funny sh$#!), and napkin notes (Wait a minute! I need to write that down.).

He are a few of my favorites from 30 Days:

Writing is the act of cultivating instinct.

Write, write, write and write. Then edit, edit, rewrite, rewrite, edit, cry, flail, rage, swill coffee, punch elves.

Entangle you’re a*^ molecules with the chair atoms. (overcoming ‘perceived’ writer’s block)

Fight passivity in all your storytelling.

What to say when someone offers unsolicited advice about your writing/being a writer:  Thank you for your opinion, but please note that I did not request it. When and if I desire your advice, I will ask you for it directly. Until then? I’m good to go.  (Frankly, that’s kitten-speak compared to what I’d expect Chuck to say to that annoying person… just sayin’)

And in case you start feeling like you just.can’t.write… he reminds us:   You. Can. F*#@ing. Do. This.

Yep, that one’s stuck to my monitor and laptop!

Truth is, Chuck Wendig is an accomplished writer in various genres as well as a game designer, husband, and dad to a little guy who apparently likes to put his underpants on his head in Target.

Well, who doesn’t?? 

Check out 30 Days in the Word Mines, and all of Chuck’s work. I found him on amazon.com and read him via Kindle. Dig in!

Oh, and, “Art harder …..”  I’ll leave you to discover the rest of THAT quote from one Mr. Wendig.  The coffee cup is already  on my Dear Santa list.    😉

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