“Writing is a craft you can learn,” says Roy Peter Clark. “You need tools, not rules.” In this essential guide, Clark distills decades of experience into fifty tools that writers of all kinds can use every day.
You may be crafting a newspaper story or an admissions essay for college. You may be writing a technical report or drafting your first novel. You may be a student or a teacher, a poet or a critic, a columnist or a blogger. You may be preparing a PowerPoint presentation or penning a love letter. Whatever your task, you can become a more fluent and effective writer - a writer with a purpose, a plan, and a workbench full of tools.
Clark works from the belief that every writer can grow - and should. Writing Tools shows the way.
©2008 Roy Peter Clark (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
"Covering the writing waterfront-from basics on verb tense to the value of forming a "support group." (Publishers Weekly)
"Clark offers tips, tricks and techniques for anyone putting fingers to keyboard." (Poynter Institute)
"This is a useful tool for writers at all levels of experience, and it's entertainingly written, with plenty of helpful examples." (Booklist)
This is one of the best, most concise and useful books on writing that I have ever read...or heard, in this case!
I am a documentary filmmaker and routinely write my own voiceover for my videos. Every one of these tools is relevant to my craft, not only to the writing, but to the editing of the video as well!
Roy Peter Clark is not a professional voice over artist and so his delivery is sometimes a bit overly deliberate and full of pauses. But this is a very small criticism of an otherwise engaging and worthwhile audiobook. His reading style is easy enough to get used to, and may even be preferable to those who need the time to absorb the material.
Roy Clark knows his stuff and I am considering purchasing one of his other audiobooks.
If you want to write, and write well, this little box of treasures is for you! Roy Peter Clark hands you all the tools you need to improve your writing. His narration clear and to the point. You'll listen to this again and again, as I have, and find your writing technique flourish!
"Worth a listen, and a relisten"
That I came bac to re-listen so soon after my first listen shows there are plenty of nuggets of information in here that won't be absorbed in one go. That is an endorsement in itself. As with all books of this nature, how much you take from a book that tries to help depends on how much you are willing to give. A great book for someone who is on those first steps of becoming a writer - and a good book for someone who is further along that journey.
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