- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (January 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316014990
- ISBN-13: 978-0316014991
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 279 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,345 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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"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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The passage that resonated with me was his advice to not implement everything in this book all at once; he used the analogy of a golfer trying to incorporate all the advice he receives into a single swing. It will drive you crazy.
I recommend this book for every writer's tool box (I would have added "highly" before "recommend," but I no longer use adverbs).
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.