Writing Tools

50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Clark, Roy Peter

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Writing Tools
One of America 's most influential writing teachers offers a toolbox from which writers of all kinds can draw practical inspiration. "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. "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 "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." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution "This is a useful tool for writers at all levels of experience, and it's entertainingly written, with plenty of helpful examples." -Booklist

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, and Co., c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0316014982
Branch Call Number: 808.042 C594w 2006
Characteristics: ix, 260 p. ;,22 cm


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Oct 24, 2011
  • Karen5Lund rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A helpful guide to improving your writing, no matter how much (or how little) writing experience you have.

Clark offers 50 "tools"--compact lessons with examples and assignments--for writing more clearly, concisely, and fluently.

I read the entire book, did a few of the exercises in depth, and came away enthused about writing.


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