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How to Write Short

Word Craft for Fast Times
Narrated by: Roy Peter Clark
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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America's most influential writing teacher offers an engaging and practical guide to effective short-form writing.

In How to Write Short , Roy Peter Clark turns his attention to the art of painting a thousand pictures with just a few words. Short forms of writing have always existed - from ship logs and telegrams to prayers and haikus. But in this ever-changing Internet age, short-form writing has become an essential skill. Clark covers how to write effective and powerful titles, headlines, essays, sales pitches, Tweets, letters, and even self-descriptions for online dating services. With examples from the long tradition of short-form writing in Western culture, How to Write Short guides writers to crafting brilliant prose, even in 140 characters.

©2013 Roy Peter Clark (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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Timeless tips for any writer

What did you love best about How to Write Short?

Yes, it's ironic that a book about writing short is so long - but that's because it's packed full of perfect examples! This builds on his other book (Writing Tools) and is a perfect accompaniment.

What did you like best about this story?

Great tips. Even they're dated, the examples are still relevant - and I think they always will be.

What about Roy Peter Clark’s performance did you like?

Solid all around. I listened at 1.5 speed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The way he compared a story to facts - Facts can help you get somewhere. A story places you directly in it.

Any additional comments?

Get it.

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Free Prize Inside

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book delivers on its title, How to Write Short. And it also tells you why.

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Ironically long

An ironically long book on the topic. Also ironic that Audible requires a twenty word review.

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Too Long Still Read, Well Listened

If you want to write short then read short writing. That sums this book up. The rest of this book got tedious. There was some good stuff about where to find short writing to read. But honestly, for a book about how to write short, there was a lot of excess material. The real problem with this is that I now have a hard time remembering the parts of the book I liked. I

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Entertaining, but more survey than instruction.

Would you try another book from Roy Peter Clark and/or Roy Peter Clark?

Based on this book, perhaps not.

Any additional comments?

More nuts-and-bolts instruction, the purported 'How to' of the book's title, would have improved it.

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