(You know? That’s a really weird phrase. “Eat your heart out”? I can’t seem to stop staring at it.)
Anyway, today I’m going to talk about Chuck Wendig and his fabulous, glorious blog. I’ve followed him for a little over a year now, and I’ve learned a lot from him. Not just about writing, either. So, in true Wendigian (Wendigese?) fashion, I will be doing:
The Top 5 Reasons You Should Read Chuck Wendig’s Blog.
1) Chuck Gives Really Good Writing Advice
Chuck doesn’t just give really good writing advice, he gives fantastic advice, and he gives it frequently. Most of his blog is filled with tips and tricks of helpful advice. And it isn’t all just for new writers, either. His advice runs the gambit from just starting out, to editing, to dealing with agents and building up your brand. Pretty much where ever you are in your writing career–even if you’ve never written a word in your life or if you’re publishing your third book–he’s got helpful advice if you need it.
And if you don’t feel like slogging through his site to find them all, he has them grouped together in affordable ebooks you can download to your favorite device, to read at your leisure. Handy!
2) He Has Great Writing Prompts
Even if it’s not advice you’re after, but perhaps a swift kick in the seat of your pants for motivation, Chuck’s got it. Usually on Fridays, Chuck has a prompt for flash fiction on his blog. They’re usually really versatile, too, no matter what genre you usually write in. Also, if flash fiction isn’t your thing, those same prompts can be used as stepping stones to longer stories as well.
Not only that, but his frequent talk about writing is its motivation, (at least, for me). And his *cough* whimsical graphics and merchandise, like this flask, abound on his site.
3) He Curses Really Creatively
Like, super creatively. His curses are in themselves an art form. So if you’re into that sort of thing, you definitely need to read his blog.
If not, well, be prepared to read some truly bizarre epithets.
4) He Isn’t Afraid to Give His Opinion
This one might seem like a strange reason to tout as why you need to read Chuck’s blog, (considering it’s the internet, the land of opinions). But since many of you are bloggers as well as writers and readers, I feel like this one is important. A lot of writers and artists’ blogs I read are so careful to keep that professional tone and line, because if they lose readership, their business is directly effected. And I get that. But sometimes those same blogs are so professional that they let commenters and others bowl right over them. It’s one thing to not throw your towel into a fight you know you can’t win (ie: with irrational trolls); it’s another when its clear you have some kind of opinion and you’re holding back for fear that some of your readers won’t like you.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand. I struggle with this same thing on my own blog.
Chuck, though, gives his opinion. Gives it succinctly, gives it messily. Gives it loudly and gives it through subtext. He isn’t afraid to let his readers know how he feels about social issues. Do I agree with him all the time? No. But I respect the voice he has established for himself and the courage to speak his ideas when there’s a real risk that people won’t like it. And that’s something that I think about every time I upload a blog post.
5) Chuck Seems Like a Really Cool Dude
A weird dude, but a cool one. I’ve only read his blog, a few of his writing advice books, and am a subscriber to his twitter feed, but all the same I feel like I know the guy. He lets his personality shine through every word he puts out, and that’s astounding. It’s also seems to be paramount in having a successful career in the arts, especially for writers. With the constant connection that social media gives us, it’s getting to be incredibly important for writers to have a strong voice on the internet. Readers are reaching out and interacting with authors more directly than ever before, and having a strong, clear voice is, so far, seeming to be the best way to go. Chuck seems to have that in spades.
I know that if I ever get the chance to meet him in person, I’d love to buy him a beer sometime.