Book Review: The Kick-Ass Writer

I  special ordered The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience by Chuck Wendig because Allison was talking about it and I always want the next good craft book. If I’m not learning, I am empty.

There were some really beautiful gems in this book. Some tidbits of information that just made me stop and think because Chuck explained it so well. Like his comment on originality. He likened it to a box of Legos. You can give everyone the same exact box of Legos and will get a different build from each of them.  We all bring something different to our writing, so even if a plot or theme has been done before, you will do it different because you bring you to the table.

On the other hand, I was frequently irritated. He would start off talking about something I wanted to know more about and then spend the second half of the paragraph making a lame joke. Since he spends only one paragraph per item, it was quite disappointing.

On the other, other hand, I found myself laughing to tears more than once at his jokes. So there is that.

To sum it up I would say this book is 25% humor, 25% wow I wanted to know more about that, and 50% stuff I already knew about writing, editing, publishing.

℘℘℘ – Three pages. Quick read. If you are new to writing, editing, and publishing this could be right up your alley. If you need a refresher on any of those things, this could also be right up your alley. If you need a book to spark you into researching specific subjects, this book is right up your alley. Huh. Maybe I should have given it four pages.

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