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About the Author

Don Fry has helped over 10,000 writers worldwide to write better and faster, with less agony. Don first taught Beowulf and Chaucer at the University of Virginia and at Stony Brook University. Later, he headed the writing faculty at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. As an independent writing coach, Don improves the writing and editing at newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, and non-profit organizations. He has coached over a thousand authors, helping them create writing processes that work for them. Don has published hundreds of articles and 17 books. His blog appears at www.donfry.wordpress.com, and he posts a daily writing tip on Twitter at @donaldkfry. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599634104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599634104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roy Peter Clark on March 20, 2012
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I have worked with Don Fry since 1970, so this review carries the bias of familiarity and friendship. But it also benefits, I'll argue, from being written by someone whose writing has improved under Don's gentle but direct attention. It began in graduate school, when Don sat next to me and went through my dissertation page by page, converting my inflated academic writing into workable prose. It is now a comfort to have Don Fry's practical wisdom between the covers of this useful book. I especially appreciate the idea embedded in the title, that the writing process can't be something that is imposed upon you. It is something that must be learned and adapted and re-learned over time. Don Fry may be the most well-traveled writing coach in history. His methods have been tested and proven strong. This book makes his help available to all. It's about time, or shall I say, Halleluia!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack Hart on March 19, 2012
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Don Fry has long been one of the country's foremost writing coaches. Over the years, working with writers all over the English-speaking world, he's amassed a tremendous collection of writing tools, tricks of the trade that professionals use to grease their creative skids. Now he's collected those in a single volume. Because they come from so many successful writers, they offer a broad array of techniques suited to just about any kind of writer. Pick and choose. Mix and match. You're certain to find something that suits your particular approach to writing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on April 27, 2012
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I've been a published novelist for over a dozen years, and have written more than 20 novels and novellas; you'd think I knew my business. Don Fry's book, however, has taught me ways to make my writing process easier and faster. Every other page I find a tip that makes me think, "Ooo, I need to try that!" Don Fry knows the minds of writers, and all the self-sabotaging things we do to ourselves; and what's more, in this book he guides us on how to capitalize on our strengths and avoid or compensate for our weaknesses. I especially appreciated the section on creating voice, as it's the type of advanced writing issue that sounds vague and abstract, and so isn't often addressed in a concrete manner where you can actually learn something.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By not.conventional on June 10, 2012
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You can definitely tell that this book is based on a blog. There is very little flow between each section and there seem to be a lot of blog length topics that do nothing to advance the overall meaning of the chapter they are in. It's as if the author adored a certain passage and even though it really didn't fit the structure he'd chosen for this book he shoved it in wherever he could. There are a few interesting snippets but not enough to justify the price. If the blog is still up I'd recommend going there and searching around for the bits you think are most pertinent to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Desilva on April 4, 2012
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Don Fry begins his wise and practical book of writing advice this way: "Here's a radical idea: You can escape your teachers. You can write in ways suited to you, rather than ways you were taught." In "Writing Your Way," he offers hundreds upon hundreds of the writing tools complied over a lifetime of teaching, of careful reading, and of observing the professional writers who flock to him for advice. And then he demonstrates how to make use of the ones that work for YOU while ignoring the rest. Great writing coaches are as scarce as Tar Heels fans at a Blue Devils pep rally, and Fry is one of the greatest of all time. I'm a professional writer with 40 years of journalism and two novels behind me, but I've never stopped learning from him--and never will.
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