Terribleminds.com is one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers of 2011 as dubbed by Writer’s Digest. The website is run by Chuck Wendig, an eccentric novelist and blogger with a penchant for extended metaphors that go on for days and you’re left scanning the pages wondering when it will ever end and yet, understanding what he means completely and thoroughly enjoying his unusual diction to help get you there. However, he’s not just a master wordsmith. I first stumbled upon him whilst looking for writing advice. He’s written a plethora of tips and advice books for writers and he even admits to not following his own advice sometimes (he doesn’t take himself too seriously). His published books include 250 Things You Should Know About Writing, 500 Ways to Tell A Better Story, 500 Ways to Be A Better Writer and then the sequel: 500 More Ways to Be A Better Writer.
Among these and many of his blog posts, he reminds us that in order to be a writer, you must actually write. Brilliant stuff. But seriously, this man cuts the crap and let’s you have it. He’s been around the writer’s block enough times to know the mistakes you shouldn’t make again and the mistakes that you will make again. He keeps his advice real brutal, leaving a slight copper taste in your mouth, but it’s definitely entertaining if you don’t take it too personally. Lest I forget, he also has free stories on his website for your reading pleasure. I think that’s reason enough to go check him out at terribleminds.com.