- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA; Reprint edition (10 January 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316014991
- ISBN-13: 978-0316014991
- ASIN: 0316014990
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Writing Tools Paperback – 10 Jan 2008
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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
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The book has a commonsensical approach towards writing. It has a set of tools, not rules, which are applicable to all writing styles. These tools are written in a conversational tone in short chapters, and each chapter is complete in itself. There are practical examples and easy to remember adages. One of my favorites: use adverbs not to emphasize the meaning that is already contained in the verb but to modify it. E.g. "she smiled happily" is weak, just "she smiled" is better, but "she smiled sadly” is powerful.
The book discusses things like how to be original, e.g. “choose words the average writer avoids but the average reader understands". It talks about developing the right mindset for writing, e.g. develop a mission statement for your work, write slowly, show not tell, write with the end goal, how to get started with writing, and more.
There are many such strategies and examples to make your writing powerful. And the beauty of writing is that - we understand things better when we can write about them.
This will be one of my favorite books to gift.
I almost heard him speak in my ears - as if he was on podcast. Even when he is talking about a soporific topic like Grammar - he doesn't loose his light touch. Sample this - "...I prefer the comma to the dash but sometimes use one -- if only to pluck Don Fry's beard...".
4 thumbs up (because I am including my toes also !)