Chuck is the author of the published novels: Blackbirds, Mockingbird, Under the Empyrean Sky, Blue Blazes, Double Dead, Bait Dog,Dinocalypse Now, Beyond Dinocalypse and Gods & Monsters: Unclean Spirits. He also the author of the soon-to-be-published novels: The Cormorant, Blightborn (Heartland Book #2), Heartland Book #3, Dinocalypse Forever, Frack You, and The Hellsblood Bride. Also coming soon is his compilation book of writing advice from this very blog: The Kick-Ass Writer, coming from Writers Digest.
He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is an alum of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, showed at the Sundance Film Festival 2011, and their feature film HiM is in development with producers Ted Hope and Anne Carey. Together they co-wrote the digital transmedia drama Collapsus, which was nominated for an International Digital Emmy and a Games 4 Change award.
Chuck has contributed over two million words to the game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP). He was a frequent contributor to The Escapist, writing about games and pop culture.
Much of his writing advice has been collected in various writing- and storytelling-related e-books.
He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with wife, two dogs, and tiny human.
He is likely drunk and untrustworthy. This blog is NSFW and probably NSFL.
You may reach him at terribleminds [at] gmail [dot] com.
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. This is his blog. He talks a lot about writing. And food. And the madness of toddlers. He uses lots of naughty language. NSFW. Probably NSFL. Be advised.
Throw Your Links In The Ol’ Link Dump
Hello, Internet, my old friend.
Man, since doing away with a regular edition of Painting With Shotguns (originally mistyped as “Painting With Shoguns,” which is my cable access show wherein I learn how to paint from an ancient Japanese shogun who has been displaced in the timestream), I no longer get to just barf up a bunch of Internet links into your lap. Like, say, the way my dog just barfed on the kitchen floor a half-hour ago because the dummy drinks too much water, too fast. As if we’re going to suddenly make water illegal in this house. Seriously? He’s a very dumb smart dog, that dog.
Anyway. Links. Right.
First and foremost, your task, should you choose to accept it, is to drop a link of your own into the comments. (“Drop a link?” Shut up, you.) Anything will do. Something you find intriguing? Amusing? Controversial? Doesn’t matter if it’s LOLCats or related to the Large Hadron Collider. Bonus points for combining both LOL Cats and the LHC. But please, please, no “Large Hard-On Collider” references, because for fuck’s sake, this is a family site.
Second and secondmost, now I retch links into your open palms and eager eyeholes.
Ich Bin Ein Word Slut
First, because I am nothing if not a whore, did you see that a project I co-wrote with Lance Weiler — COLLAPSUS — is up for an International Digital Emmy? Even though I am not directly nominated, that does not mean I will not exploit the opportunity, placing “Emmy-Nominated” in front of every identifier I can think of. “Emmy-Nominated Pet Owner.” “Emmy-Nominated Liquor Pig.” “Emmy-Nominated Moron.” “Emmy-Nominated Narcissistic Sociopath.” I’ll be at Target:
“A 15-lb bag of dog food, one crate of oranges, and a mysterious vibrating sexual device that looks like a latex possum. That will be $147.82 cents, sir.”
“Don’t you mean, ‘That will be an Emmy-Nominated $147.82 cents, Emmy-Nominated sir?'”
“Never mind, just hand me the goddamn Sex Possum.”
“The Hack Manifesto.” Priceless material from Lilith Saintcrow. “My advice on writing is geared pretty specifically toward people who want to make a living at it. It’s also geared to people who love language and want to tell a ripping good story. It is not for Artistes or for fragile speshul flowers who want only squeeful strokes for their delicate, heart-shattering, mindstopping genius.”
JD Rhodes: “Diversify.” JD talks about Amanda Hocking, Snooki, Borders, rejection, and other fiddly bits about publishing and writing in that post. Check it out.
Julie Summerell blogs and inadvertently gives me a glimpse of my child-rearing future and the insidious interrogations I will undergo at the hands of said progeny — “Where Is The Microchip?”
And finally, and I guess this falls a little under self-promo whoring since I helped write and develop Danse Macabre, but here is a White Wolf video where Russell Bailey, Eddy Webb, and Kelley Barnes unbox the book and give a look into its blood-soaked pages:
I’d like to share a link, but I’ll have to get back to you. Right now I’m listening to, “I have the hiccups again. Do you have the hiccups, Mommy?” “Me? No. I don’t have the hiccups.” “Of COURSE you do, Mommy.”
I’m going the whorish route.
Tired of all the lists telling me the 100 (or 1000) things I must absolutely without a doubt see (or hear, touch, taste, fondle, regard, attend, swish in my mouth) before I die, I decided to make my own list. Behold, the 100 Things To Shut The Hell Up About Before You Die!
I’m up to #6. It’s a work in progress.
Gah! Damn typos!! That’s it, you made the list!!
Speaking of Mr. Rhoades, if you haven’t read his Jack Keller (probably completely remembering the name wrong) series it’s a good ‘un. Also his first ebook, STORM SURGE is worth picking up.
Secondly, I’m really enjoying the Kindleboards – kindleboards.com
Okay, not really sure I should be trying to spread my addictions but I’ve been having an ridiculous amount of fun playing Echo Bazaar http://echobazaar.failbettergames.com/ it’s a mostly text based game set in ‘Fallen London’ kind of Victorian London, but underground, with supernatural elements (think call of cthulu not vampires and werewolves etc) oh and hell is right next door and has an embassy. You get to play a member or the criminal underworld or at least you begin in prison, and… all right I’ll shush, like I said I’m addicted to this game, lucky for me it’s one of those maximum number of actions per day things or I’d never get anything done. Anyway the story telling is pretty slick and worth a look if nothing else.
Okay. There’s a really awesome webcomic about a prohibition era speakeasy in St. Louis and the gin runners running it, with glee and violence. And they all happen to be cats. http://www.lackadaisycats.com/comic.php
I’m serious. The amount of research that shows through this makes me happy, and the quality of the art is pretty staggering. The slang makes me grin. In short, this is the bees knees.
This is a webcomic that most of you are probably already familiar with, but I shout it out because it is awesome enough to follow. I love the comments in the roll overs! http://xkcd.com/
I’d really like it if you guys could check out the Red Cross, they’re helping rebuild the city I live in (Christchurch) after we had a massive earthquake a few days ago.
You don’t have to donate, but if you can keep us in mind that would be great.
On 24 March last year, I began a year of Daily Awesomeness on my blog (yep, I’m promoting myself). Today I’m posting the karaoke I reluctantly did as per a reader suggestion. So feel free to drop by anytime AFTER today. Okay?
Coming up shall be a hot air balloon ride, a vodka rainbow, and various other things I don’t know about yet. The past includes making a world map in regional food, accidentally sending a diet coke and mentos rocket onto the two-storey house next door, and leaving an octopus in a public place.
For all you writers, especially those who know nothing about screenwriting (like me) and don’t realize how helpful that knowledge can be when writing a novel, you can’t go wrong checking out Alex Sokolov’s blog. She is an awesome and generous teacher (and a terrific writer) (plus she knows me and still speaks to me anyway). Her book Screenwriting Tricks for Authors is a must buy (well, if you’re a writer; otherwise, not so much) (there isn’t a daily limit on parentheses use over here, is there?).
I’ve been rolling this subject around in my head quite a bit lately due to a review I was writing. Psychopaths/sociopaths (same thing) are popular character types, but they are frequently used incorrectly. Below are links to information either from or about Dr. Robert Hare, the leading expert on the topic. Enjoy!
Love your writing tips: to a page, they’re as helpful as they are twisted. (Alright, almost.) I’m trying to make my own Unified Writing Field Theory blog a bit more polite but just as thorough– for instance: “Plot — just three tools?”