How Chuck Wendig Writes A Novel

This year, I’ve written — *checks psychic spreadsheet* — four novels. Bait Dog, Gods & Monsters: Unclean Spirits, Dinocalypse Now, and (finishing up this week), The Blue Blazes. I also wrote a novella, Bad Blood, which includes the next appearance of everybody’s favorite vampire-in-Zombieland, Coburn. By this year I also have — *consults little man who lives in my mind* — five novels out in the world. Blackbirds, Mockingbird, Double Dead, Dinocalypse Now, and Bait Dog. (I apparently like ‘b’ and ‘d’ words. Eventually I’ll write one giant magnum opus... Read The Rest →

Why Stories Should Never Begin At The Beginning

I was in a car accident. Relax — I wasn’t really. I mean, I’ve had car accidents in my life. None recently. None dramatic. But, let’s just pretend: I was in a car accident. Let’s pretend I’m telling you that, right now. This is me telling you the story. We’re sitting across from each other at a cafe or strip club or on a bench watching squirrels humping. And I say, “I was in a car accident.” And you say — after that look on your face falls away —... Read The Rest →

25 Ways To Unstick A Stuck Story

You’re teats-deep in a story. And it feels like instead of swimming forward, your boots are stuck in the wet mud below. You need something to churn the waters. Loosen the mud. You need to unstick the stuck story. Here, then — a list of 25 ways to help you do that. Most of these are plot- or story-focused — meaning, practical efforts to open that pickle jar. If you’re looking for solutions that lie beyond that focus and, say, land on you as a writer, maybe check out “25... Read The Rest →

In Which I Am Interviewed, And Captured On Film Like The Sasquatch

I am interviewed! On video, no less. Which is always an awkward experiment that I hesitate to punish you with — but there it is, just the same. I assume you’ll forgive me. Just stare into the beard. It makes all things better. Warmer. Fuzzier. Anyway. I talk about all kinds of stuff: traditional publishing versus self-publishing, metaphor, horror, outlining, porn. I round the bases. I cover all the essential elemental elements and essences. Thanks to Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn for having me. If you don’t want to... Read The Rest →

The Penmonkey Chalupa Supreme: For Charity!

So, a hurricane punched the East Coast in the butthole last week. We got off fairly light here at Der Wendighaus. Around three days without power, five without real Internet, a cell signal coming and going like ghosts in the rain. A lot of trees down, but none on the house (though if these monster storms keep rolling through year after year, our woods will lose its “wooded” designation). The rain was surprisingly mild — didn’t even get water in the basement. Mostly, we were overtaken by our most dull-witted... Read The Rest →

25 Motivational Thoughts For Writers

With NaNoWriMo about to storm surge the writer (and wannabe-writer) community, this seems a good time to both tickle your pink parts and jam my boot up your boothole in terms of getting your penmonkey asses motivated. So, here goes — 25 motivational thoughts for writers, starting in 3… 2… 1… 1. You Are The God Of This Place The blank page is your world. You choose what goes into it. Anything at all. Upend the frothy cup that is your heart and see what spills out. Murder plots. Train... Read The Rest →

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