There are hundreds of fantastic books about writing for hopeful authors to choose from, but most of them are boring, complicated, and bogged down by filler. This little book is brief, straightforward, and easy to understand.

I won’t bore you with mundane grammar rules or the crap you learn in English class, but I will offer concrete suggestions on how to improve your writing. I can’t promise that you’ll be the next Stephen King, but I can guarantee that you’ll be a step above the people who don’t implement these techniques.

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“I’ve been looking for some good books on writing, but they all seem to be very basic things like paragraphs and punctuation. This is pretty much exactly what I was looking for, and I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind.”

“You just saved my life through writing.”

“Thanks for this! You helped me so much more than my English teacher did.”

“Wow. These tips are so simple, yet I only knew the general idea of one or two of them! Great job, I’ll definitely use these!”

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“You’re a genius! Thank you so much for writing this, it helped me so much!”

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Table of Contents


Extremely Simple Tips
Screw Strunk and White! This chapter has straightforward advice for novice writers… without the bull.

  • The Number One Rule: Show, Don’t Tell
  • Find Original Ideas in Unoriginal Stories
  • When Describing People, Tell Us What Makes Them Different
  • Watch Out For Backwards Sentences
  • Put the Cat In the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen
  • Murder Your Adjectives and Adverbs

Advanced Concepts
If you understand the basics but readers still aren’t turning the page, this chapter is for you.

  • Give Every Character a Through-Line
  • The Key to Powerful Flashbacks
  • There’s No Secret To Great Dialogue
  • Two Essential Tricks For a Spectacular Climax

Developing Useful Habits
For writers who know it all, but can’t get it out.

  • Destroy Your Favorite Notebook
  • Four Solutions To Writer’s Block That You’ve Never Heard Before
  • Learn From TV
  • Text Like You Write
  • Read Books About Writing

What Readers Want
Six words to captivate readers.

  • Drama
  • Truth

Hard Truths For Wannabe Pros
If writing is your hobby, skip this chapter.

  • Put Story Before Cause
  • If You’re Not Writing, Don’t Be a Writer
  • Take Criticism Seriously, But Not Too Seriously

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Coming Soon

These tips will be included in a FREE update.

Extremely Simple Tips

  • POV For Beginners
  • There’s No Shame In Simple Language
  • The Overzealous Exclamation Point

Advanced Concepts

  • Ground Your Story In Reality
  • Let Your Characters Determine Your Inciting Incident
  • Speak From Experience
  • The Story Must Always Move Forward
  • Release Your Inner Monologue

Developing Useful Habits

  • Use a Notebook To Free Your Mind
  • Psychology, Philosophy, Theology, History, Science, and More

What Readers Want

  • Discovery
  • Process
  • Ramifications
  • Darkness

Hard Truths For Wannabe Pros

  • Analyze Your Passion, Ambition, and Skill
  • How-To Books Are Merely a Stepping Stone
  • When I said “Screw Strunk and White,” I Didn’t Mean It

How I Work

  • My Notecard System
  • Screenplays

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About the Author


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