• Writing Tools (10th Anniversary Edition)

  • 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
  • By: Roy Peter Clark
  • Narrated by: Neil Kaplan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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By: Roy Peter Clark
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Publisher's Summary

A special 10th-anniversary edition of Roy Peter Clark's best-selling guide to writing, featuring five bonus tools.

Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America's most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost 30 years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of 50 short essays on different aspects of writing. In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available. 

Organized into four sections, "Nuts and Bolts", "Special Effects", "Blueprints for Stories", and "Useful Habits", Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature. This new edition includes five brand-new, never-before-shared tools. 

Accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and, above all, useful for every type of writer, from high school student to novelist, Writing Tools is an essential book.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2008 Roy Peter Clark (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"Roy Peter Clark knows more about writing than anybody I know who is not currently dead." (Dave Barry, author of Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far))

"Clark is a joyful, brilliant teacher who unlocks the mysteries of literary flow. This book is one to keep near the keyboard." (Anne Hull, national reporter for the Washington Post

"Roy is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of writing teachers.... Like its author, Writing Tools is brilliant, openhearted, and indispensable; it's easily one of the best books ever published about our craft." (Thomas French, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Zoo Story

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Refreshing

This is the first non fiction book I've listened to in a long while that has kept me interested. The advice and exercises don't take a lot of time and get to the point. The narration is lively for such a 'typically dull' topic (unless you love the craft of writing as I and many others do) and the narrator does a great job of infusing personality into the examples rather than reading it all straight. Overall, I found it a refreshing addition to my library.

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This book helped me kickstart my own book!

My friend recommended this book to me when I told him I was working on a book proposal and worried about whether I was writing it in an accessible enough tone. I am so grateful he did. Roy Peter Clark has a charming and engaging way of explaining simple and effective writing strategies for the average person who forgot everything they learned about grammar or maybe never learned it well to begin with. I’m hooked on this author and have listened to all his other audiobooks. They’ve all helped me a little along the way. The narrator for this one is funny and strikes the right tone so it helps keep it interesting.

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  • 09-02-22

Incredibly helpful

So much good stuff in this. inspiring and full of practical tips and ideas. Enjoyed listening to this very much. The narrator was fun and a complete ham, but it worked with what the author was trying to convey. He kept the attention of the listener and made it light and fun as well.

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  • Dee Cheers
  • 05-18-21

Required Reading

Pompous and US centric with laughable narration. However, if you're serious about writing you must read this book. It takes you through every aspect of the craft of writing. an invaluable resource.

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