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TitleWriting Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
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Table of Contents
                            Title Page
Welcome
Dedication
Preface to the Tenth Anniversary Edition
Introduction: A Nation of Writers
Part One. NUTS AND BOLTS
	1. Begin sentences with subjects and verbs.
	2. Order words for emphasis.
	3. Activate your verbs.
	4. Be passive-aggressive.
	5. Watch those adverbs.
	6. Take it easy on the -ings.
	7. Fear not the long sentence.
	8. Establish a pattern, then give it a twist.
	9. Let punctuation control pace and space.
	10. Cut big, then small.
Part Two. SPECIAL EFFECTS
	11. Prefer the simple over the technical.
	12. Give key words their space.
	13. Play with words, even in serious stories.
	14. Get the name of the dog.
	15. Pay attention to names.
	16. Seek original images.
	17. Riff on the creative language of others.
	18. Set the pace with sentence length.
	19. Vary the lengths of paragraphs.
	20. Choose the number of elements with a purpose in mind.
	21. Know when to back off and when to show off.
	22. Climb up and down the ladder of abstraction.
	23. Tune your voice.
Part Three. BLUEPRINTS
	24. Work from a plan.
	25. Learn the difference between reports and stories.
	26. Use dialogue as a form of action.
	27. Reveal traits of character.
	28. Put odd and interesting things next to each other.
	29. Foreshadow dramatic events and powerful conclusions.
	30. To generate suspense, use internal cliffhangers.
	31. Build your work around a key question.
	32. Place gold coins along the path.
	33. Repeat, repeat, and repeat.
	34. Write from different cinematic angles.
	35. Report and write for scenes.
	36. Mix narrative modes.
	37. In short works, don’t waste a syllable.
	38. Prefer archetypes to stereotypes.
	39. Write toward an ending.
Part Four. USEFUL HABITS
	40. Draft a mission statement for your work.
	41. Turn procrastination into rehearsal.
	42. Do your homework well in advance.
	43. Read for both form and content.
	44. Save string.
	45. Break long projects into parts.
	46. Take an interest in all crafts that support your work.
	47. Recruit your own support group.
	48. Limit self-criticism in early drafts.
	49. Learn from your critics.
	50. Own the tools of your craft.
Part Five. BONUS TOOLS
	51. Take advantage of narrative numbers.
	52. Express your best thought in the shortest sentence.
	53. Match your diction to your writing purpose.
	54. Create a mosaic of detail to reveal character.
	55. Look for the “inciting incident” to kick-start your story.
Afterword
Acknowledgments
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About the Author
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