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The craft of writing offers countless potential problems: The story is too long; the story's too short; revising presents a huge hurdle; writer's block is rearing its ugly head. In Help! For Writers, Roy Peter Clark presents an "owner's manual" for writers, outlining the seven steps of the writing process, and addressing the 21 most urgent problems that writers face.

In his trademark engaging and entertaining style, Clark offers 10 short solutions to each problem. Out of ideas? Read posters, billboards, and graffiti. Can't bear to edit yourself? Watch the deleted scenes feature of a DVD, and ask yourself why those scenes were left on the cutting-room floor. Help! For Writers offers 210 strategies to guide writers to success.

©2011 Roy Peter Clark (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

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  • Old Salt
  • Centerville, MN United States
  • 02-03-15

Really Useful Book

Dr Clark helps me understand how working with a writer's group will improve my skills. These skills include Writing, Reading, and Listening.

He also let me know that starting at the end can help me understand how to get from the beginning to my chosen ending.

I am working on a technical book on solving failure modes on electrical generating systems.

Dr. Clark's book has helped me understand how to write, not for me - but for my reader.

The technician who has no schooling on this specific system will be able to solve the basic system failure mode after reading my book and doing the preparation homework.

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helpful advice when writing professionally or not

I found this book to be a good reminding of bad habit we should try to overcome when composing at any level of writing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-13

Impossible to listen to

Read by the author, he may know how to write (one supposes so, since he is giving advice), but he certainly should learn to read. Boring voice, boring pace, absolutely impossible to listen to. I want my money back!

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