Austin, TX USA | Member Since 2014
Yes, I would recommend this title (and author) to a friend - or future friend - because his experience as well as suggestions to up-level your writing are both shared. What some "critics" have objected to as unnecessary or non-useful info, I experienced as rationale shared or context provided. This has helped me generalize and apply beyond the obvious some of Roy Peter Clark's applications in actions. This book is "conversational." If a reader (listener in this Audible approach) is really seeking a check-list and "tasking" approach - there are other authors and possibly even other Roy Peter Clark titles you may prefer.For me, I'll buy his future works as I have already purchased past ones - some being preferred in print; others in audio. ALL is works for me are worth revisiting also - and in some cases via different mediums. I own this particular book, for example, in both print and audio.
My sense is Roy Peter Clark's approach with Writing Tools is distinctive. However, where I "shelve" or categorize it is right alongside the following authors, each of which I believe would also write positive reviews of Writing Tools:- Peter Elbow: Vernacular Eloquence – What Speech Can Bring To Writing (as in writing as you speak)- Wm Zinsser - who has written the ever invaluable On Writing Well – The Classic Guide To Writing NonFiction (30th Anniversary Edition)- Rebecca McClanahan - author of the more undercover Word Painting – A Guide To Writing More Descriptively
This is my first audio Roy Peter Clark experience - specifically selected as my initial sampling. This is due to the nature of the information he is sharing really being more "conversational" than that in some of his other titles. I do like his voice, though, and the confidence and understanding he imparts AS author. In this regard, I prefer author-familiarity and depth of "getting the shared concept" so this being the trump for me may translate into this: I'm not as "demanding" as some other readers or listeners may be about the professional standard of how to read aloud for those who only ARE readers, not authors, may be.
A particularly memorable - and immediately applicable idea for me:Tool 34: Turn your notebook into a camera. ...What this reminded me of immediately, and that I still benefit from regularly, are 2 ideas and "experiential learning" suggestions shared by Julia Cameron for writers: 1) Her creativity re-banking daily walk described in Vein of Gold. With this walk, you are in essence simply taking in reality and other beauty as a re-banking and replenishing of a daily means to add fodder to your creativity account, so to speak. 2) Her suggested "Morning Pages" exercise immediately upon waking was another in her Artist's Way book. In the latter you capture your own thoughts-stream from the unconscious while it is still present in that semi-aware state - essentially dumping out what could become barriers or distractions to the day. By giving all that a place to reside early in your day - you're much more free to go forward fresh and receptive - and more free of what so often plagues - those "voices in the head" that may badger and harass but are safely "tethered" in a home of their own in your daily Morning Page. In that odd way, this exercise when repeatedly undertaken, because your "therapeutic" decluttering of immense value. It works for almost everyone I know who diligently tries and sticks to it - just about without fail.
While this means of book "reviewing" is much more requiring than any other I've experienced, it's been useful in directly reminding me of why I read so avidly and it will also spark me to read a bit differently in the future.It is also why I will commit now to regularly re-reading all of my favorite authors on the topic of writing.
Convenient, timely - but super irritating in terms of the reader's "according to a source that knows" and similar. That does NOT happen to be in the WSJ and contributes literally nothing of value to the listener.
Audible can certainly find someone better with narrative.
I'm switching to the NY Times option interim.
I've already listened to this twice through, and eventually will tune back into it again. I knew the original Steve Jobs during the early-to-mid 80's and several of his staff, including in the Apple department, then later the Mac one.Of all the books about him -- I believe this best captures the realities of working side-by-side with him, competing with him, and learning with and through Steve.
That stated, I've read a number of others, plus many articles about Jobs, heard his keynotes, et al.
Realistic descriptor of sequences of actual experiences author had with Jobs and Apple - as an Apple insider himself. Also the fact he seemed realistic in presenting the positives & negatives.
hmmm...given i 'heard' the book i really wasn't thinking of scenes at the time. i did like the various examples of how Job's persistence ran through most all his relationships he did speak of and the factor it played in his successes. Japan scene comes to mind most specifically.
iLeading: leading self, leading others, leading edges
This book felt more like it was written for the right reasons (vs just to jump on the publishing bandwagon at time of death), in the right timing - during the last year of Jobs life -- and like he really participated in the process of the captures shared.
Thumb's Up - Quindlen's views do seem to me to reflect those of MANY held by the people who will be making many of the crucial decisions in our future -- those who are currently under 45 years. I know Anna Q. needs no encouragement to 'keep on writin' as it is simply what she just naturally already does, and i find hers amongst the most real of the voices of her generation. I'm personally 65 and the majority of my client-base now and for the past 11 years ranges from 25-55 years -- it is books like this one that help me keep in touch with what is currently REALLY important, vs what's showing up everyone in the popular electronic media, coming out of our government, and in the daily press.
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