About the Author
I’m Mike Stop Continues, author of wild, wonderful, and profound stories for those both young at heart and wise beyond their years.
Readers of my work can look forward to exploring a shared universe with strong connections between characters, places, and plots from story to story. Books may vary in tone and style, but what will remain constant is the engaging, thought-provoking, page-turning storytelling that I bring to all my work.
In an alternate world where Lincoln was shot too soon and slavery still exists, an escaped slave named Victor has been enlisted by the U.S. Marshals Service to return other escapees to their owners. With every chapter, Ben Winters manages to expand his bone-chilling and all-too-realistic distopia, even as he unveils a conspiracy among the darkest I’ve ever read. Perhaps the best praise I can offer for the book is that it kept me crawling in my skin from start to end.
On Writing is memoir of a superstar author, but it’s also the memoir of the nobody who became that superstar. King weaves telling personal anecdotes with advice on both how to write successfully and how to be a successful writer. It’s personal, it’s global, and it’s a must-read for anyone who just wants to tell stories.
The difference between good writing and great writing isn’t the story and it isn’t the characters. It’s the style. Sin and Syntax explores what it takes to write exceptional prose, and how to do so without coming off as stuff, ornate, or boring. If you’ve got the handle on the basics of writing, this book should be your next stop.
Everyone’s heard of the three-act structure, but Save the Cat is the only book out there that effectively explores how to actually do it. After you read this book, you’ll find yourself marking the beats as you watch, read, or listen to stories, because literally every story out there follows this structure.
The key to crafting smart, deep stories that keep the reader guessing is working from a strong outline. Take Off Your Pants! teaches you everything you need to know to take the seed of an idea, grow it into a healthy outline, then use that outline to produce a book. If a writer reads one book on outlining, it should be this one.