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Writing a killer first line to a novel is an art form in which there are a few masters and a great many apprentices.

CHUCK WENDIG, "25 Things to Know about Writing the First Chapter of Your Novel," Terrible Minds

Rejection has value. It teaches us when our work or our skillset is not good enough and must be made better. This is a powerful revelation, like the burning UFO wheel seen by the prophet Ezekiel, or like the McRib sandwich shaped like the Virgin Mary seen by the prophet Steve Jenkins. Rejection refines us. Those who fall prey to its enervating soul-sucking tentacles are doomed. Those who persist past it are survivors. Best ask yourself the question: what kind of writer are you? The kind who survives? Or the kind who gets asphyxiated by the tentacles of woe?

CHUCK WENDIG, "25 Things Writers Should Know About Rejection," Terrible Minds

Writers are made--forged, really, in a kiln of their own madness and insecurities.

CHUCK WENDIG, 250 Things You Should Know About Writing

Always quick with the wit. It's your defense, isn't it? Little girl doesn't want the world to know how sad she is, how damaged. Your words, your attitude, all a big misdirection. A magician's trick.

CHUCK WENDIG, Mockingbird

Here are the two states in which you may exist: person who writes, or person who does not. If you write: you are a writer. If you do not write: you are not. Aspiring is a meaningless null state that romanticizes Not Writing. It's as ludicrous as saying, "I aspire to pick up that piece of paper that fell on the floor." Either pick it up or don't. I don’t want to hear about how your diaper's full. Take it off or stop talking about it.

CHUCK WENDIG, The Kick-Ass Writer

Coffee IS TOO a virtue. Do not deny me this. Do not dare!

CHUCK WENDIG, 500 Ways to Be a Better Writer

Hate the autocracy of the kept gates all you like, but the forge of rejection purifies us (provided it doesn't burn us down to a fluffy pile of cinder). The writer learns so much from rejection about himself, his work, the market, the business. Even authors who choose to self-publish should, from time to time, submit themselves to the scraping talons and biting beaks of the raptors of rejection. Writers who have never experienced rejection are no different than children who get awards for everything they do: they have already found themselves tap-dancing at the top of the "I'm-So-Special" mountain, never having to climb through snow and karate chop leopards to get there.

CHUCK WENDIG, "25 Things Writers Should Know About Rejection," Terrible Minds

Writing the first chapter can feel like you're trying to artificially inseminate a stampeding mastodon with one hand duct taped to your leg. That's okay. That's normal. Do it and get through it.

CHUCK WENDIG, "25 Things to Know about Writing the First Chapter of Your Novel," Terrible Minds

You want to be a writer? Good for you. So does that guy. And that girl. And him. And her. And that old dude. And that young broad. And your neighbor. And your mailman. And that chihuahua. And that copy machine. Ahead of you is an ocean of wannabe ink slaves and word earners. I don't say this to daunt you. Or to be dismissive. But you have to differentiate yourself, and the way you do that is by doing rather than pretending.

CHUCK WENDIG, The Kick-Ass Writer

Gotta have a head like a wrecking ball, a spirit like one of them punching clown dummies that always weeble-wobbles back up to standing. This takes time. Stories need to find the right home, the right audience. Stick with it. Quitting is for sad pandas.

CHUCK WENDIG, 250 Things You Should Know About Writing

If you want to find the way forward, then stop looking for maps and start walking.

CHUCK WENDIG, "25 Things I Want to Say to So-called Aspiring Writers," Terrible Minds

If I get to the end of the first chapter and I don't get a feel for your main character — if she and I are not connected via some gooey invisible psychic tether — I'm out.

CHUCK WENDIG, "25 Things to Know about Writing the First Chapter of Your Novel," Terrible Minds

You will always have days when you feel like an amateur. When it feels like everybody else is better than you. You will have this nagging suspicion that someone will eventually find you out, call you on your bullshit, realize you're the literary equivalent of a vagrant painting on the side of a wall with a piece of calcified poop. You will have days when the blank page is like being lost in a blizzard. You will sometimes hate what you wrote today, yesterday, or ten years ago. Bad days are part of the package. You just have to shut them out, swaddle your head in tinfoil, and keep writing anyway.

CHUCK WENDIG, The Kick-Ass Writer


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