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Want to become a better writer? Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor recently released his third book, “You’re Making Me Hate You,” and he has a pretty good piece of advice:

Record an audio book.

“The thing that I realized, honestly the hard way on the first book, is that you can write a sentence down and hope it’s intelligent and concise, but then when I did the audio version I realized my sentences suck,” Taylor said during a phone interview. “They run on and I was trying to find the point inside paragraph-length sentences. As I’ve gone on, I’ve tried to make the books more conversational, like I’m talking to you. Doing the audio book for this one was a lot easier. I think I found my rhythm for it.”

Taylor’s first book was a run through the seven deadly sins. The second was about his experiences with the supernatural. The latest is about the things that bug him and there are a lot of them.

Kids, popular music, reality TV, certain metal acts, using the phone while in line at the coffee shop; Taylor runs through his pet peeves in length. In fact, the majority of people tick him off (and he takes himself to ask as well). He does give a reprieve to people who buy his books.

Reality TV bleeding into all aspects of entertainment is a big one. Taylor appeared on NY Ink, but said he turned down an offer to fill Brett Michaels’ bandana on VH1’s “Rock of Love.”

“I gently told them to go stuff it,” Taylor said of the offer. “We’ve gotten approached a couple times for Slipknot. I think they think we all live in the same house and want to film us. It’ so stupid. I get offers all the time, but it’s not reality. It’s cagey, canned reality they can control.”

Something you might not expect Taylor to show some appreciation for in the book: jazz. Taylor said he’s come to appreciate the form lately, comparing it to the same vibe he gets from punk rock. But don’t expect to hear a “Slipknot does Gershwin” album anytime soon.

“I’m not good enough, I know my limits,” Taylor said. “I don’t know that I could ever pull off a jazz riff. I wouldn’t insult them to think I could do what those guys do.”

In October Slipknot will holds its annual Knotfest in San Bernardino and will curate its own haunted houses at Slipknot’s Scream Park in Sacramento. Looking toward 2016, Slipknot will be doing more touring while Stone Sour is completing another covers EP and will start work on another full length album.

Taylor isn’t done with writing either. He said he plans to type up a rough draft sheet to send off to his publisher soon.

“As long as I can keep getting away with it, why not?” Taylor said. “That’s what it’s all about for me. I’ve got quite a few ideas, actually.”

Corey Taylor book signing

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 15

Where: Barnes & Noble, 4550 University Ave., West Des Moines

Cost: Free

Info: stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2921

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