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Writing Tools

288 pages, 2008

arts & entertainment

arts & entertainment

401 books

A special 10th-anniversary edition of Writing Tools , a bestselling guide to writing by America's most influential writing teacher, featuring five bonus tools. Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark distilled nearly three decades of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into fifty short essays on different aspects of writing. 

In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike; it remains one of the best-loved books on writing available. Organized into four sections—Nuts and Bolts, Special Effects, Blueprints for Stories, Useful Habits—Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature. 

This new edition includes five brand-new tools; accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and above all useful for every type of writer from high school students to novelists.

The Power of Short Sentences

Roy Peter Clark emphasizes the importance of short sentences in writing. He believes they can be more impactful and easier to understand. So, next time you write, try to keep your sentences short and sweet.

Use Active Voice

In 'Writing Tools', the author encourages the use of active voice. It makes your writing more direct and engaging. So, ditch the passive voice and make your writing come alive with the active voice.

The Art of Storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful tool in writing. Clark suggests using it to engage your readers and make your writing more interesting. So, why not give it a try? Start incorporating stories into your writing and see the difference.

The Importance of Revision

He stresses the importance of revising your work. It's not enough to just write, you need to go back, check your work, and make necessary changes. So, don't be afraid to revise and polish your writing.

Use of Literary Devices

In the book, you'll find that Roy Peter Clark encourages the use of literary devices like metaphors and similes. They can add depth to your writing and make it more engaging. So, don't shy away from using these tools in your writing.


authorRolf Potts

Rolf Potts

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