The Profane Hardcore Rules For Writing and Editing a Novel

  If you are offended by curse words (some of them completely made-up), then turn back now.


This is your second warningPROFANITY AHEAD.  If that would offend you, turn back now or you will read dirty words!

Third Warning – I’m not kidding.   If you continue reading and then get offended, it’s your own fault.

OK, here it is:

Chuck Wendig won me over with his profanity-filled book, 250 Things You Should Know About Writing, and I started following his blog,

Back in February, he had two posts that really stood out to me:

How To Push Past The Bullshit And Write That Goddamn Novel: A Very Simple No-Fuckery Writing Plan To Get Shit Done


How To Karate Your Novel And Edit That Motherfucker Hard: A No-Foolin’ Fix-That-Shit Editing Plan To Finish The Goddamn Job

Edit out the swearing and the advice is solid.  Don’t edit out the swearing, and it’s still solid advice.  He shared two infographics that I’m reproducing here:


No-Fuckery Writing Plan


Editing Plan to Finish Novel

Well, there you have it.  I like Wendig’s writing rules, which are more forgiving than those in On Writing by Stephen King.  Take out the cursing, and it’s tight.

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