I ran across this book online, someone I didn’t know recommended it. I checked it out and noticed it was only $.99 and said, ‘why not’. Even if its horrible, I’m only out a buck. I started reading on my phone and after three pages I was hooked.
I’ve been interested in writing for a long time. I’m one of those weird people that think books are sexy and writing is cool. When I was in high school I read Stephen Kings book, On Writing which is a similar kind of book intended to offer advice on writing. It was good but at times a little dry and boring, probably not intended for the same audience as Chuck’s version.
Chuck’s is better…
I should start over and tell you why I really spent the buck. I read a review on Amazon. It was actually a bad review. Chuck actually posted a link to one of the negative reviews and light heartily said ‘well, if you didn’t like the first one, you’re not going to like this one.’ I wanted to see what the person who gave his first book it a 1 star had to say. Turns out, what she said made me want to read it. Funny how that works out.
The reason that bad review made me want to read this is that most books on writing, read like textbooks. They’re dry and slow and kinda make you want to not write. That 1 star review sounded like it came from someone from the ‘old school’. I wanted something different. Chuck has fun with his advice and it makes you feel like writing could be fun.
‘This stuff isn’t hard. It ain’t fuckin math. At it’s core, social media is really, “talk to people, and try not to be a dick” sound advice!’