Now Available: The Kick-Ass Writer

1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience

Buy From: Writer’s Digest / Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Indiebound

Check the book out on: Goodreads

The Official Description

The journey to become a successful writer is long, fraught with peril, and filled with difficult questions: How do i write dialogue? How do I build suspense? What should I know about query letters? Where do I start?

The best way to answer these questions is to ditch your uncertainty and transform yourself into a KICK-ASS writer. Wendig will show you how with an explosive broadside of gritty advice that will destroy your fears, clear the path, and help you find your voice, your story, and your audience.

You’ll explore the fundamentals of writing, learn how to obtain publication, and master the skills you need to build an army of dedicated fans. No task is too large or small for the kick-ass writer. With his trademark acerbic wit and gut-punch humor, Wendig will explain:

How to build suspense, craft characters, and defeat writer’s block.

How to write a scene, an ending — even a sentence.

Blogging techniques, social media skills, and crowdfunding.

How to write a query letter, talk to agents, and deal with failure — and success!

Whether you’re just starting out or you need one more push to get you over the top, two things are certain — a kick-ass writer never quits, and Chuck Wendig won’t let you down in this high-octane guide to becoming the writer you were born to be!

Hey, What The Hell Is This?

This is a compilation of a lot of the “25 Things” post from this here website. It contains a lot of stuff you’ve seen before, plus some new entries (crowdfunding! hybrid authors! writing a scene!). And the whole thing has been revised top to bottom — cleaned up and tightened with the EDITORIAL WRENCH. *ratchet ratchet ratchet*

Oh, and it’s my first writing book in print.

So, if you want my advice in hardcopy? That’s how you get it, thanks to Writer’s Digest.

Wait, Is It Still Super-Vulgar?

My writing talk tends to fall into the “hard-R NSFW” and “occasionally eye-bulgingly profane and probably NSFL” categories. This book ain’t quite as hardcore as all that, and is probably equivalent to a soft-R rating or even PG-13 rating. (The biggest edit in this case was, quite honestly, removing the instances of the word ‘fuck.’ Though I love the word, one hopes my writing and storytelling blather still holds up without that particular dash of spicy lingo.)

I am totally good with having a book of writing advice out there that isn’t quite as naughtily-tongued as this blog, because here some teachers and professors may be more comfortable using this material without having to first attack it with a black permanent marker or camping hatchet.

Why Should I Buy It?

Because, hey, it’s a whole bucket of writing tips in one place.

Because it’s the one way you can get my writing bloggerel in physical form. (Also, now that it has been summoned into this corporeal plane it can be killed by a pitchfork forged from nun-kissed steel. IT IS OUR ONLY HOPE WE ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE.)

Because it’s nicely organized! And has an index!

Because it refrains from every giving you the One True Way to be a writer and instead prefers the metric assload of options crammed in this here toolbox approach.

Because you want to give something back to this blog.

Because it’s this blog distilled down and oozed forth onto bookstore shelves and HOLY CRAP HOW AWESOME IS THAT? *vibrates through the floor*

Because if you don’t I’ll send this chimpanzee to your house.

Thanks, folks! If you check it out, please enjoy.

If not: would you mind spreading the word via your social media channels or the telepathic tentacle-bundle you share with all your other psychic buddies?


  • Cool. Is it available in UK retailers, too? I’m sure I could find it on Amazon UK but I prefer to avoid Amazon wherever I can these days because of their tax avoidance in the UK, so is it available at Waterstones or anything?

  • I bought it yesterday. And yes, Amazon says it’s coming 11/14, but I guess I can wait, sigh.

    (nervously twiddling thumbs)

    Also, doing the “Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey, it’s a 340 page monster, hope Chuck will someday put it out in print” dance. :)


  • Finally, a physical copy of Wendigian Gospel. Now the “others” will know I’m not nuts; I’m sick of the cynical look that pigeon gives me whenever I proclaim “Art Harder”

    P.S:- that chimp stuck me up last week, I’m sending you my therapy bills. :)

  • Got it! Woo hoo! Easiest way is at Writer’s Digest. I’ll miss the “fuck” everywhere, but commercial success often demands sacrifices.

    Call off the chimps. I hate monkeys! (Is that a sort of self-loathing?)

    Hope you make a bundle, Chuck!

  • I now only purchase paper books that have scratch & sniff stickers. Does your book have scratch & sniff stickers? If not, I will just get the ebook so either way you win.

  • I’m up for the Kick-Ass challenge. Btw Chuck your Blue Blazes book has a mention from John Birmingham at his Cheeseburger Gothic blog – with a picture!

  • Chuck:
    I have been a weekly reader of your blog since I found your post entitled “25 ways to unfuck your story” (still bookmarked on my browser) more than a year ago. I happened to be at B&N a couple of weeks ago and came across the new book. I was really happy to see it out, and excited to see you getting the recognition you deserve, so I bought it. Coming from a guy who hasn’t legally purchased a movie or album in almost 10 years, that’s a big purchase.

    I appreciate all you do for us hacks, and wish you the best.

  • w00t! Got my copy in the mail yesterday and I love being able to have it sitting next to me, giving me encouragement and telling me to ART HARDER! I have all of your writing books in ebook format but this is satisfying in a different way. Thanks for a great website and my new favorite booky writing companion.

  • November 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM // Reply

    Hi Chuck, just bought your book on Amazon. The box said there were two left but more on the way, so that’s good, right? Also, after I bought it, a nifty icon popped up saying “why wait till (delivery date) – start reading now” and gave a link to the book. Did you set that up or is that something Amazon does?

  • Hi Chuck, I bought your NaNoWriMo bundle a few weeks ago. How does the content of this new book compare to the ebooks in that bundle? Thanks!

  • I bought the book. I started reading the book. I stopped reading the book to go write some more in my book. That is how good this book is.

    *Disclaimer: I have not finished this book. It is possible that it takes a turn for the worse. By the end, it may just be Chuck going “BLARGLEARGLEFARTNUTS” over and over. The book may come alive and actively delete words from your work-in-progress. I don’t know. But so far, so good.

  • November 22, 2013 at 9:15 AM // Reply

    My copy arrived yesterday and I read way past my bedtime last night, so thank you for both sleep deprivation but also some serious inspiration! I think I’ve finally figured out what’s been bugging me about the first chapter in my completed (or so I thought) book. Will be buying as Christmas gifts for my writer buds. You rock, Chuck!

  • I’m from New Zealand where the iBooks store doesn’t support my Apple ID, where there’s no Amazon, B&N, and all that… Where the shipping costs for your book will probably be dearer than your book itself. Only solution: kindle version please?

  • My only hesitation in purchasing this is knowing that it won’t be as vulgar as I have become accustomed to. I’ve read every writing book you’ve written. You speak my dirty, nasty lingo and I like it. I laugh, I learn, I cry…sometimes I masturbate a little bit. It’s a good time. Fuck the censoring.

  • When I emerge from my master-bedroom-closet-writing-nook for a bio break, I take “The Kick-Ass Writer” with me and when said break is over, I am ready to dive back into the creativity cupboard. Thanks for this book!

  • I’ve been reading your blog to keep me entertained at work. One night, while carrying on my reading at home, and drinking a bottle of wine (yes, a bottle! Don’t judge me!) I thought it would be a great idea, before I got too far in to that bottle of wine, to run and get a copy of this book. I’m glad I did! Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Thank you for being an awesome writer! Last year I came across your article “25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called “Aspiring” Writers” and fell in love with your writing. I must say, I don’t usually like swearing but the passion in your writing is so evident and I enjoyed reading every bit. I will be starting my new and first job in July and as soon as I get my first pay check I will be buying this book. Your opinion is truly valuable and while at times I do disagree with you, I think you are a brilliant writer. Thank you!

  • Bought and read, with serious and frequent underlining. The ideas you put forward completely transformed the story I’ve been tinkering with, for the better. I was going to send you a monkey but there’s a local shortage at the moment. I feel so grateful I very nearly sent you my own personal monkey, Spanking, but I wasn’t sure you’d be that thrilled with Spanking, someone else’s monkey.

  • Do you think you could code your links so they open in a new tab? I love to read your entries, but it’s irritating following a link you post and getting redirected away from the page. I know,I’m lazy and it’s a lot of effort to hit the back button, but this is the 21st century man! All links open in new windows/tabs.

  • This book is awesome. I’m an MFA student at City U Hong Kong and you not only say everything our mentors (like Justin Hill, James Scudamore to name a couple you might know) have been droning on and on and on about, but you say it way better. And it’s hip and hilarious too. Cheers!

  • I love your book. I loved the start:“The Internet is 55 percent porn and 45 percent writers.” That’ s what got me hooked. I came in for the porn but stayed for the funny, smart, and occasionally obscene stories about what it means and what it takes to be a writer. Well done, Mr. Wendig. Excellent job!

    I picked up “The Kick-Ass Writer” at Barnes & Noble just a couple of days ago. I haven’t put it down since. I even take it to bed with me. It keeps me warm!

  • December 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM // Reply

    You had me at “A community of people who will share their neuroses and their drink recipes” and “The narrative Vagina!” Hahaha!!!!

    I just stumbled upon your website by accident this afternoon while at work, and ordered your book (I have a Kindle, but something about page turning is my thing). Of course, I got a few teaser web pages to get me started, and I can’t wait to physically have the book in hand. I have few books and DVDs from The Great Courses, but they are “boring.” Just the teaser has already made me laugh, and think a lot about who I am, and I will keep my lamp fires burning, a cup o java in hand, and keep your pages turning until I get the hang of it! Great work!!!

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