Chuck Wendig & his Terrible Minds site are a mine of incredible & hilarious tips on becoming a great writer. In addition to being a steward of the craft, Wendig is an awesome writer who has written awesome things, both fiction & writing guides for people like me who have words clawing to get out … Continue reading Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds: Writer Resolution, 2020: Write With A Knife To Your Back, The Cliff’s Edge At Your Feet
If you spend any time here on my blog at all, you'll see Chuck Wendig's influence. Whether it's reviewing one of his books, writing flash fiction based off his challenges at Terrible Minds, or whether it's passing along his knowledge & tips on literary stewardship, Wendig is up there with Stephen King & Neil Gaiman … Continue reading Chuck Wendig: On Writing What You Want, Without Permission
Chuck Wendig indirectly led to my wanting to move from a career in journalism to one in fiction writing, thanks to StumbleUpon & a little piece of weird on his website. Earlier this morning, I read an article on Medium from Heather Demetrios which should be mandatory reading for any & all writers wanting to … Continue reading Chuck Wendig: How To Be A Professional Author & Not Die Starving & Screaming In A Lightless Abyss
As I often do, I'm taking part in another Chuck Wendig Terrible Minds Flash Fiction Challenge. This one is based on this Tweet from a Twitter account that does nothing but throw out insane writing prompts. We're about to see how pure evil celebrates a birthday. And no, it's not political. But this one is. … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Lord of All Evil!
(Washington D.C., January 21, 2017) January 23, 2017, 1637 Hours Looking back, it's hard to figure out why we didn't suspect the bees in the first place. The scientists kept telling us they were mysteriously disappearing, that something man-made was killing them off. We were bombarded with data saying if the bees disappeared, it … Continue reading Inauguration Day Brought to You By Burt’s Bees
Another Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge via his amazing blog at Terrible Minds. Here's the deets on the piece. You can see which of the five seeds I went with. It's not the best piece I've ever written, but it's the first bit of fiction I've done in awhile. Enjoy. ----------- “Where is it?” “Huh?” … Continue reading Grandma Shirley
(This is what happens when you Google "Racist Fish.") Another one of those great Chuck Wendig flash fiction challenges over at Terrible Minds. Last week, the challenge was to write a very simple but very powerful single sentence. This week, the challenge was to pick one of those sentences and create a story around … Continue reading A Tale of a Racist Fish
Another Terrible Minds Flash Fiction Challenge by Chuck Wendig. One thousand words. Here we go. ------------------- "Wanna hit?" "No, Mom, I'm good." "You sure? Good stuff." "Yes, Mom, I'm sure." Most 12-year-olds being offered a toke off their mother's joint during breakfast would naturally assume there was no way she was being serious. But that's also assuming … Continue reading A Mother’s Love
Another of Chuck Wendig's Terrible Mind Flash Fiction challenges. This time, we were to visit this page of unexplainable stock photos, pick a random pic, and write a thousand words about it. The pic above is what I got. The words below form the story I wrote. ----------------------- If asked, Anthony would say he’s a … Continue reading The Legend That Is Nipple Clamps!
A couple weeks ago, I took part in a Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge where, every week, a different writer would contribute 200 words to a 1,000-word story. The piece I added to, In Too Deep, was completed by Jim Franklin, the man who kicked it off. Overall, it's a pretty sweet piece of writing. … Continue reading In Too Deep: The Finale