Think Like a Writer

How to Write the Stories You See

Think Like a Writer (and Go from Perception to Page)

Think Like a Writer will corral your writing ideas—and saddle up the stories you’ve always wanted to write. Do you love language, and how words work to thrill, convince, dazzle, excite?

Every writer, whether a beginner or a veteran, has a combination of perspective, experience and ability that produces a point of view that’s theirs alone. Think Like a Writer supplies tools, strategies and prompts that will bring your unique perspective to life on the page.

Whether you tell your stories to your children, your business partners, your customers or the world, this book can help you tell them with eloquence, power and persuasion. And in the voice that’s uniquely your own. With humor and clarity, Think Like a Writer will jump-start your writing work and writing play. Writing should be an exploration, a drawing from your well, not some clotted drudgery! (And sometimes you can even make a living doing that exploring.)

Here’s what’s in the book:

Chapter 1: Don’t Muzzle (or Muffle) Your Writing Voice
What is a writer’s voice? How do you cultivate your own? How your writing influences stake out your unique writing path. How your life perspectives feed life writing.

Chapter 2: A Writer’s Eyes Are Always Open
What do writers see that others don’t? How can they open their eyes even wider? How to bring your vision to the page. Stories are everywhere! Where to turn when your writing voice is strangled. Developing a writing attitude.

Chapter 3: Slipping Through Various Writing Fences
Writing genres. The mingled voices of business copywriting, fiction writing, travel writing, essay writing. Writing niches (and not having a niche).

Chapter 4: Writing Structures: Words, Sentences, Punctuation Marks—Oh My!
The individual weight and feel of words: their textures, sounds, rhythms. Word choices, sentence sounds, how paragraphs work. The pleasures of punctuation. Grammar without grimacing. Writing short, writing humorously, writing with a sense of place. Writing through time. Editing.

Chapter 5: Writing Distractions and Their Discontents
The stereotype of the suffering writer. Writing like there’s no tomorrow. Writing in the Internet age. Tools to soothe the savage writer. How to deal with writing distractions.

Chapter 6: Practical Matters/Resourcesl
Working with editors. Writing queries. Writing contests and writing collaborations. Writing tools, both software and hardware. Reference links for both copywriters and fiction writers.

Read this book, and say, “Yes!” to your creativity.

Get a copy of Think Like a Writer and put your personality on the page.

Read, See and Write—Now!


Tom Bentley
Hello. I'm Tom Bentley, and I've run a writing and editing business out of my house for many years. I've published hundreds of nonfiction freelance pieces, and have finished (I think) a second novel and am agent-hunting. My nonfiction pieces include first-person essays, travel pieces and more journalistic articles; venues include Forbes, Writer's Digest, Wine Enthusiast, Writer's Market, the Los Angeles Times and many more. I've won three Traveler's Tales Solas Awards.

I was the 1999 winner of the National Steinbeck Center's short story contest, and that story is included in my collection, Flowering and Other Stories, which was published by AuthorMike Ink in May of 2012.

My new book, "Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See" is for those writers and would-be-writers that love language, and how words work to thrill, convince, dazzle, and excite. The book gives you tips and strategies on how to see the world as a writer, and then how to put those sights compellingly on the page.

The book also discusses writing at a structural level: how words work in sentences and how sentences work in stories (and articles), moving to how to use those elements and that writer's stance to write across genres. This is a book to jump-start your writing work--and writing play.

Hope I'm not just blathering on now, but my other interests are reading, bicycling, brain research, basketball, politics, travel, photography, chocolate, whiskey and selected nonsense--I can be a bit of a wise guy. I live in the hinterlands of Watsonville, California, surrounded by strawberry fields and the occasional Airstream. See my lurid website confessions and writing-related blog at

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