The truth is, I'm still reading this. I am primarily and always will be a poet slash songwriter. The slash is meant to represent a keystroke partially. I began with poetry very young, then added short stories, and am now writing my first novel. The point of explaining that in this review is: if you are a poet you will gain a lot from this book in terms of learning to construct prose. For me SSSAW is like eating honey straight from the jar with a ruler. Even if you are a more prose than poet, no matter. Pick it up. I have the hardcover and I sit in bed reading it, giggling, and feel like I'm with the god of writing and poets looking through his personal bedside notes. Srsly.p.11 - "One way to keep sentences short is to keep the space between them as empty as possible. I don't mean the space between the period at the end of one sentence and the first world of the next. I mean the space between the period and the subject of the next sentence.That space often gets filled with unnecessary words. Most sentences need no preamble--or postlude."