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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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Product Details

  • 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 (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Don Fry shows why he is a writing coach in his book, Writing Your Way. It should be noted that the book has a slant toward journalism which is why I would recommend this book to journalism students and teachers. Mr. Fry writes about the stages of writing an article, giving tips and examples along the way from start (planning) to editing to the finished article. I liked his personal experiences as part of his explanations. As a student of writing, I learned from Mr. Fry and felt encouraged by his admonition to write in a way that you are comfortable with. I wish writing teachers would read this book and take from it that there is not one structure for writing. In Mr. Fry's words, there are organized writers and then are the plunderers. Some writers have to organize before they write, while others plunge into their writing with a mental idea of where they are going with their writing. I liked Writing Your Way. I would want Don Fry as my head coach if I was on his writing team. I may be a rookie on the team, but I would be learning from a winning coach.
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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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