Do you have to write the next War and Peace or Huckleberry Finn to be a successful writer? Absolutely not.
How about publishing a line of erotica featuring dinosaurs, bigfeet, unicorns, and living objects? Don’t think so? Chuck Tingle did it.
Who is Chuck Tingle?
Chuck Tingle is a pseudonym name for a two-time Hugo Award nominee author famous for his gay erotica and satire. If you ever see him, he usually wears a TaeKwonDo uniform with a “Love is Real” cover over his head. His works have been featured on VICE, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and The New Yorker.
My Billionaire Triceratops Craves Gay Ass was Tingle’s first book. You might be thinking, “Are you freaking serious?” Oh yeah, Tingle’s not planning to stop writing anytime soon.
What Can You Learn from Chuck Tingle?
You might be scratching your head as you’re looking through Chuck Tingle’s titles (especially the cover art) and wondering, “How?!” How come you can barely get the 75,000-word manuscript you worked on for a year off the ground while somebody’s steamy short story about bigfoot pirates is out there in the world?
Calm down, take a deep breath. This is not a literary mockery slapping you in the face (some may think it is).
There are plenty of valuable tips you can learn from Mr. Tingle. Here’s what you can do to upgrade your writing productivity:
1. Start Writing
If you want to make it to the pinnacle of your writing career, you have to start writing. I know, it’s pretty obvious, but you don’t know how many would-be writers talk about writing more than actually doing it.
Your works may be as eccentric as Tingle’s. Go ahead and publish it! Remember, someone in the world will appreciate your work.
2. Consistency Counts
A writer’s job is never done. Since 2014, Chuck Tingle has written over 200 books. He could’ve stopped with Billionaire Triceratops and let it be, but he didn’t. His storytelling has just begun.
“Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.” -Lawrence Kasdan
Tingle didn’t rest on his laurels after one bestselling story. He loves his writing. Why stop?
3. Expand Your Imagination
Tingle doesn’t only use mythical creatures in his stories. He went the extra mile using physical manifestations and living objects. Take his recent book: The Physical Manifestation of Washing My Hands Gets Me Off.
Like Tingle’s, your imagination is unlimited. Your mind is an endless universe of ideas.
You can write and publish whatever you want online. However, you must apply to Amazon’s rules if you’re posting your stories there.
There will be gatekeepers who reject your work. Don’t worry about them. There will always be more opportunities waiting for you. You might want to consider self-publishing.
4. Don’t Tie Yourself to Society’s Standards of a “Good Book”
Was Anna Karenina a good book? 50 Shades of Grey? Harry Potter? The Scarlet Letter? Different people have different tastes in what’s considered a good book.
Apparently, many people love Chuck Tingle’s books if they keep buying them. Some may only be buying them for giggles, while others may find his works genuinely fascinating.
You won’t see Penguin Random House or Harper Collins promoting Chuck Tingle’s books anytime soon. They wouldn’t touch them with a 50ft pole, and that’s okay. Tingle decided to go with his imagination and let it rip. Don’t be afraid to do the same.
While you should always consider editing, proofreading, and whatever before you publish your stories, remember you’re a limitless writer. Your imagination is immeasurable.
Tingle reveals to writers writing has no limits, and you can be a successful writer if you stay persistent.
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It’s endless and vast as the universe. And it’s all yours.