The Obligatory Terribleminds Recap: Top Posts of 2013 And More

Whoa-dang. Been a big year here.

To my surprise and delight, the site has grown yet again in 2013. We have over 3500 subscribers and this year will take us over the 3 million hit mark which is, you know, it’s mind-boggling and eye-goggling and giddy-making and all that. YOU LIKE ME. YOU REALLY LIKE ME.

My goal as always here is to:

a) try to enlighten/inform

when that fails —

b) try to make you laugh

when that fails —

c) try to dazzle and confuse you with creative profanity.

Hopefully, I’m succeeding.

I see the site gets talked about in different places and seems to have fans up and down the spectrum of writers — from just-starting-neophytes to practiced professionals to the vengeful wraiths of dead authors. This isn’t strictly a writing blog, as obviously I use it to talk about lots of other things (toddler, liquor, coffee, food, culture, things, stuff, doohickeys, pornography, chimpanzees, unicorns, badgers, hobos, Night Ranger, hippogriffs, Cosby sweaters, and dildos).

Plus, it’s nice that a lot of what was here on the blog seemed to connect well — enough to demand the publication of The Kick-Ass Writer, which I’m told is doing well? Woo.

Thanks for checking out the site, obviously. I’ll have a few changes in store for the coming year (one of them I’ll be mentioning tomorrow, actually).

If you have requests for things you’d like me to talk about or suggestions for design changes, do scream it in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.

You can also ask me things via Tumblr.

Anywho, if you care to see the top posts of 2013, boom. Got ’em below. (These are technically the top 2013 posts of 2013 — the actual top posts of the year include several from 2011 and 2012 yet, too, that sites like StumbleUpon continue to drive traffic toward.)

You’ll note that two of these top posts are by the magical sylph being known as “Delilah Dawson.”

Because she’s rad and you should be reading her books and stuff.

Top Posts of 2013

25 Things You Should Know About Young Adult Fiction

How To Push Past The Bullshit And Write That Goddamn Novel: A Very Simple No-Fuckery Writing Plan To Get Shit Done

25 Steps To Being A Traditionally-Published Author, by Delilah S. Dawson

25 Things To Know About Sexism & Misogyny In Publishing

25 Hard Truths About Writing & Publishing

25 Turns, Pivots, And Twists To Complicate Your Story

25 Humpalicious Steps For Writing Your First Sex Scene, by Delilah S. Dawson

25 Steps To Edit The Unmerciful Suck Out Of Your Story

25 Things You Should Know About Narrative Point-of-View

50 Rantypants Snidbits Of Random Writing & Storytelling Advice

22 responses to “The Obligatory Terribleminds Recap: Top Posts of 2013 And More”

  1. I’m delighted that I found your blog over the summer. I had just quit my job in June (so taboo in 2013) to start writing. One of those random Google searches on structure lead me here. Then I found you on Twitter and got turned onto a plethora of other awesome writers.

    I finished and polished a screenplay, wrote a few short stories, started a blog for practice, and have seeds of a novel started. Most importantly, I can call myself a writer now.

    You were a big help in 2013, I look forward to 2014.

  2. I’d say every single one of your posts at least do b) and c)

    I already ate ice cream in your name last night. Ben and Jerry’s Scotchy Scotch Scotch

    Tonight I think I will drink some beer in your name. I might take a poo in your name after lunch. As I type this, I am current writing some C# code in your name.


    / screaming

  4. Love the blog, love the books, love the creative profanity.

    But this from the chili post the other day cracked my shit up for ten or fifteen minutes:


    It’s the little things. Here’s to another big year, Chuck.

  5. I was in a room party at a con, sitting on a hotel bed with eight people I had just met, drinking WAY too much and having a great time. There were about 24 people crammed in a small hotel room, a duo on guitars playing live music, three coolers full of beer, a perpetual “Smooth” and the bathtub was full of ice. In between giggling drunkenly about rejection letters, one of the people sitting on the bed said, “OH! You have to go find Chuck Wendig’s blog and read it!”

    So I did.

    Now I want to buy you a beer.

    Here’s to 2014.

  6. Chuck,

    You are powerful,fast and prolific with your postings. I have arrived at this advanced age (70) after sitting on my hands and day dreaming for 20 plus years to finally decide I might put my stories on paper….at least on a web page. I save some of your postings with the goal of reading and gleaning-which I fail to do most of the time. I have had no training or classes (except for required college English courses) and will never consider myself a “writer’. However, I AM A GOOD STORY TELLER..
    Thanks for the indirect and sometimes direct encouragements to finally move forward. Chuck….I grew up blue collar,was in the service and have worked in industrial and food service jobs-I can cuss with the best. I just wish you didn’t feel so compelled to use profanity all the time. You are a bright, learned,wise and erudite man for sure. It isn’t needed, trust me.
    Thanks if you have taken the time to read this through. Keep up the good works. “Stories & Glories in Word and Rhyme” soon available.

  7. I have been enlightened, entertained, dazzled and left confused, so I’d say you’ve succeeded 🙂 Thank you for always making me giggle 🙂

    Have a wonderful festive season 🙂

  8. I keep several pieces of Wendig wisdom taped to my desk area—threats and admonishments mostly—to help me stay motivated and focused during those frequent bouts of self-doubt and excuse-making. It’s been that magical Wendigian admixture of practical wisdom, irreverence, and tough love that has seen me through some real writing challenges.

    I know I speak for everyone else here when I say that you, Chuck, are performing an amazing service by helping and encouraging writers to follow their passion for storytelling. And in doing so, you are adding a great deal of joy and personal fulfillment to the lives of those writers. In short, sir, you are the bomb.

    Finally, thanks for creating this really amazing online community. Keep up fine work and the high word count! Best wishes and aloha for 2014!

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