- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (August 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400078695
- ISBN-13: 978-1400078691
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Good writing can dance, according to Jack Hart, "writing coach" and managing editor at The Oregonian. It has a rhythm "that pleases in its own right, creating cadences that give pleasure, regardless of content." This guide is intended to nudge insecure writers-especially those in the early stages of honing their craft-in the direction of their keyboards with practical tools for how to achieve clear, forceful and effective writing, no matter the subject. Hart's experience as a newspaperman is perhaps his greatest asset here; focused and clutter-free, chapters follow a logical learning sequence complete with one-word chapter titles ("Method" "Process" etc.) that get right to the point. His narrative tone is accessible and engaging, with anecdotes and advice from seasoned colleagues in the industry. Though positioned as a guide for tackling anything from a personal letter to a memoir, Hart's examples and terminology lean heavily on newspaper and feature writing, which may frustrate some creative types. That journalistic approach (which Hart freely admits to in the book's introduction), however, makes for an insightful, methodical approach to developing an idea into a story. Structured more like a textbook than a general professional development or trade title, this makes an ideal addition to the classroom.
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Although Hart addresses his pithy writing guide to those working for newspapers and magazines, the managing editor of the Portland Oregonian offers such practical yet inspirational advice that both aspiring and longtime writers in any discipline would benefit from reading his book. He immediately strips away the mystique that often surrounds the writing process: "Great writing happens not through some dark art, but when method meets craft." He shoots down a litany of angst-ridden complaints, including writer's block and keyboard anxiety, with hard-nosed insight gleaned from years of working at a daily newspaper. Emphasizing that most of the work of writing comes in the thinking and information-gathering stages, Hart gives a finely detailed analysis of the steps needed to efficiently produce a finished piece. He also provides many excerpts from excellent writers illustrating the value of rhythm, color, and voice, and points out common pitfalls, such as spending too much time polishing the final draft instead of organizing the initial one. Best of all, Hart's writing is a model of the craft he so eloquently dissects. Joanne Wilkinson
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Jack Hart aims to remind those of us who are dependent on our ability to put words on paper in a meaningful way, that there is rhyme and reason to what we do, that there are rules which if followed will let us get from the first word to the last and remain interesting to our reader.
In twelve succinctly entitled chapters, Hart sets forth the basics that many of us forget from time to time and that others have never learned. Method; Process; Structure; Force; Brevity; Clarity; Rhythm; Humanity; Color; Voice; Mechanics; Mastery. And throughout the twelve chapters, Hart displays his command of each and every quality he describes and teaches.
His style is up close and personal. Hart writes in a way that emulates the well spoken word. This book could easily be read aloud and would flow as smoothly as warm maple syrup. Aimed primarily at journalists who have to turn out (hopefully) polished writing on a daily basis, "A Writer's Coach" is invaluable to anyone writing non-fiction. I write primarily for an audience of lawyers and judges and found virtually every word of Hart's advice valuable. If anything, my audience has less patience thank the average reader.
Hart is a teacher - and it shows. He is, in fact, a fine teacher. The book is loaded with examples, many of them of the "don't you be doing that" variety which are sure to provoke a belly laugh or two.
Like it's human counterpsrt, "A Writer's Coach" should be at the writer's side, day in and day out. This book is the perfect thing to pick up on a daily basis and just read and read again its nuggets of advice. It is also a way to feel that others know your angst as you try to produce strings of words that will inform, persuade and occasionally even enlighten.