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Revenge of the Penmonkey

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“If it weren't for Chuck Wendig's advice, I'd have fallen off the writing map long ago.” -- Karina Cooper, Author of Blood of the Wicked

??“In terms of style, Wendig reminds me most of Stephen King. There's a way of using somewhat fevered, rugose prose to describe both the beauty and horror of the mundane, then switching to a plainer mode when describing the outer limits stuff, that brings to mind King's 80s and 90s work." –

“Chuck Wendig hammers out writing and career advice that's always brave, profane, creative, clever, and honest. And don't forget hilarious. You'll never laugh so hard learning so much." – Matt Forbeck, game designer and author of AMORTALS and VEGAS KNIGHTS (Angry Robot).

“You walk into this book a quivering neophyte crusted with writer fantasies and walk away a seasoned word warrior ready to do battle in the arena we call publishing.” – Kristen Lamb, author of ARE YOU THERE BLOG? IT’S ME, WRITER


It’s time once more for a grim and greasy descent into the penmonkey’s world as Chuck Wendig offers up a gonzo NSFW look at what life is like as a writer.

REVENGE OF THE PENMONKEY takes writers through their paces and karate-chops them in the trachea with a no-holds-barred drill sergeant approach to a writing career. Wendig -- equal parts novelist, game designer, screenwriter and all-around freelance penmonkey – gives a candid and hilarious look at what it takes to survive as a modern day inkslinger.

Features 30 essays such as:
“How To Tell If You’re A Writer”
“How To Jumpstart A Stalled Novel”
“Panster Versus Plotter”
“Six Signs You’re Not Ready To Be A Professional Writer”
“Why Writers Drink”
“Word-Karate: On Writing Action Scenes”
“Writers Should Be Motherf**king Rock Stars” 

Be advised: This is not a book for writers with weak constitutions or delicate hearts. If you blanch, balk and stammer at bad words and spluttering invective, this is not the book for you. If you are averse to a camping hatchet forged from the metals of unrefined honesty cleaving your face and brain in twain, then once again, this is not the book for you. If you want your hand held? Forget this book. If you want touchy-feely-tickly empowerment? Forget this book. If you find that satire gives you hemmorhoids? Forget this book.

Are you ready to go big and go bold? Are you ready to bleed on the page for your work? Then gaze into the unblinking eye of REVENGE OF THE PENMONKEY, a book of humorous writer-focused essays and articles of booze-soaked, profanity-brined writing advice.


Chuck Wendig is the author of Blackbirds, Mockingbird, The Cormorant, The Blue Blazes, Under the Empyrean Sky, Bait Dog, Double Dead, Unclean Spirits, and the Dinocalypse books. He has written over two million words for the game industry and was developer overseeing the Hunter: The Vigil game line for White Wolf Game Studios. He served as co-writer on Collapsus, a digital media narrative that was nominated for an international digital Emmy and a Games For Change award. He co-wrote the short film Pandemic, which showed at Sundance 2011 alongside a six-day transmedia experience based on the story. You can find him blogging at, or on Twitter (@ChuckWendig), or wandering the wilds of Pennsyltucky with a bloody deer antler in his teeth and a loincloth made from the flesh of his critics.

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