- 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: 278 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,448 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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"Writing is a craft you can learn," says Roy Peter Clark. "You need tools, not rules." His book distills decades of experience into 50 tools that will help any writer become more fluent and effective.
WRITING TOOLS covers everything from the most basic ("Tool 5: Watch those adverbs") to the more complex ("Tool 34: Turn your notebook into a camera") and provides more than 200 examples from literature and journalism to illustrate the concepts. For students, aspiring novelists, and writers of memos, e-mails, PowerPoint presentations, and love letters, here are 50 indispensable, memorable, and usable tools.
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"For all the aspiring writers out there-whether you're writing a novel or a technical report-a respected scholar pulls back the curtain on the art." -
"This is a useful tool for writers at all levels of experience, and it's entertainingly written, with plenty of helpful examples." -Booklist
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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.
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So you're not only "doing it," you also are knowing what you are doing: becoming conscious of certain ideas--even rules--that allow one to achieve a new level of mastery. I haven't finished WRITING TOOLS yet (I read about six pages a day). However, when I've finished the book, I'll study it again and again and allow the book to guide by experience as a writer. The book is not only about the act of writing, but how you prepare to write, what you think about before you write, where you write, how often to stand up, etc.
It used to be that writing based on ideas popping into one's head (Kerouac's "spontaneous prose"), or based on the idea of one's self as an artist (a suffering artist?). Roy Peter Clark treats writing like a job or profession. But not an unpleasant one (however lonely the writer must be as he thinks and creates). I thank Roy Peter Clark for being so generous in sharing his insights.