352: You Can Do Anything, Magic Skeleton! – Interview with Chuck Wendig

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing someone I have the honor of considering both a colleague and friend, Chuck Wendig.

Chuck is the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers, Star Wars: Aftermath, the Miriam Black thrillers, and the Atlanta Burns books, as well as Zer0es and Invasive, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more.

He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and an alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and he served as the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. He is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds, and he’s one of the few people I follow on Twitter and actually read what they post. He has also written books about writing such as Damn Fine Story, and today we’ll be talking about his latest book, a collection of inspirational nuggets titled: You Can Do Anything, Magic Skeleton!


In this episode Chuck and I discuss:

  • The inspiration behind his latest book, which began as a series of tweets.
  • How good writing subverts readers’ expectations in some way.
  • Why you shouldn’t take any one piece of writing advice too seriously.


Plus, his #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/352

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