Introduction

An introduction to writing fundamentals.

This is it; this is where it all begins. You need to have the contents of this document internalized before you can have any hope of becoming a proficient writer. Don't even consider skipping this manual by saying, "I know how to write. I don't need this skimpy guide."

I made this book skimpy for a reason! So you'd read it!

And for those of you who are brand new to writing in English, this document will elevate you gently from the ground floor to the lofty heights of literary perfection.

What's my point? Don't skip this book, any of you!

This book is separated into five chapters that build one upon the other to set everyone on a solid foundation before proceeding to the more complex topics covered in the remainder of this writing series. The topics covered by this book are simple:

Words

Punctuation

Sentences

Paragraphs

Dialog

Essays

I hope the topic addressed by each chapter is obvious. Be sure to at least scan each chapter in this book before skipping ahead.

Whether writing fiction or non-fiction, this guide will teach you the fundamentals of writing that you need to know to be the best writer you can be. The guide is shorter and simpler than you probably would imagine for such a broad goal.

So, what is there that's left to say? Let's get started!

One Last Word About Word

I use Microsoft Word for writing. As a result, I include explanations of how to implement important software features in support of writing using my editor of choice, Microsoft Word. I realize that writers use many different editors (e.g. Scrivener). My hope is that rather than excluding my examples because people use different editors that their inclusion will allow users of all editors to transpose my best practices to their personal editor.

And with that, here we go with the first chapter…

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