- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (January 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316014991
- ISBN-13: 978-0316014991
- ASIN: 0316014990
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 293 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer 1st Edition
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"Roy Peter Clark knows more about writing than anybody I know who is not currently dead."―Dave Barry, author of Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)
"Clark is a joyful, brilliant teacher who unlocks the mysteries of literary flow. This book is one to keep near the keyboard."―Anne Hull, national reporter for the Washington Post
"Roy is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of writing teachers....Like its author, Writing Tools is brilliant, openhearted, and indispensable; it's easily one of the best books ever published about our craft."―Thomas French, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Zoo Story
"Clark is a national treasure that needs to be mined aggressively."―DeWayne Wickham, USA Today
"For all the aspiring writers out there--whether you're writing a novel or a technical report--a respected scholar at Florida's Poynter Institute for Journalists pulls back the curtain on the art."―Teresa K. Weaver, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Pull out a favorite novel or short story, and read it with the guidance of...Clark's ideas....Readers will find new worlds in familiar places. And writers will be inspired to pick up their pens."―Boston Globe
"No matter what you write--a blog, a love letter, the next great American novel--Writing Tools offers practical advice that is a pleasure to read."―St. Petersburg Times
About the Author
Roy Peter Clark is senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing at every level--to schoolchildren and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors--for more than thirty years. A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited seventeen books on writing and journalism, including The Art of X-Ray Reading, How to Write Short, The Glamour of Grammar, Help! for Writers, and Writing Tools. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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This book is unique in the sense that he presents notable writing snippets from the best writers of our time, making this book not only informative but also very entertaining.
Writing Tip: To improve how you approach writing, you could benefit from copying some of the sentences that you enjoyed reading. What I do is, I copy some of these sentences and rewrite them on a daily basis, this is a copywriting practice technique that copywriters use to build their craft. It works because by writing the sentences down you're reinforcing the sentence formation and structure patterns from other amazing writers. Studies, such as the Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer research (Scientific America has a great article on this) on longhand note taking vesus typing show that writing information down improves information retention (among other things). Additionally, if you think of this as a concept, this approach is analogous to how a business can get better results by analyzing innovative sales models from other companies and from understanding it they can appropriately modify their sales system/model. Similar, from practicing this technique you're mentally modeling out what a great sentence look and feel like, I guarantee writing will get more fun and become effortless the more you practice!
Writing Tools is a priceless and life changing writing course in itself, pick it up and you won't regret it.
I'm loving the "Writing Tools" by Peter Clark. As I read each chapter, I scrutinize my own writing projects and follow the wonderful lessons he gives. I tighten where needed, activate my verbs, eliminate most adverbs - words ending in 'ly', and 'ing' words for stronger writing. I write a long sentence just for fun, and I write toward the perfect ending. Clark uses a writer-friendly style and makes learning the secrets of the trade like finding treasure in a field.
Review by: Rita Kroon, author of two novels, three devotionals, a women's Bible study, a memoir, and two inspirational books.