Writing Tools

  • by Roy Peter Clark
  • Narrated by Roy Peter Clark
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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.
For example:


Tool 7: Fear not the long sentence. Take the reader on a journey of language and meaning.
Tool 28: Put odd and interesting things next to each other. Help the reader learn from contrast.
Tool 34: Write from different cinematic angles. Turn your notebook into a camera.
Tool 41: Turn procrastination into rehearsal. Plan and write it first in your head.
Clark works from the belief that every writer can grow - and should. Writing Tools shows the way.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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Analysing the art of writing

This book is more than writing tools, it is analytical writing about writing. I have been a keen reader and self-taught writer for many years, and yet it came to me almost as a surprise to be made to think this deeply and analytically about writing. Perhaps I have been too afraid to write long sentences, and too cautious with adverbs, as I take an engineer’s approach to clarity and brevity. The odd structure of the book – literally a list of 50 tools – is mitigated by two factors: dozens of interesting or witty examples, and being well-written. No kidding – the book is easy on the ear because it is well written. Roy Peter Clark leads by example.

Narration: Roy is not quite as good at reading as he is at writing. Sometimes he reads jerkily as if he is not quite sure what words are coming next. Rather odd, given that he is reading his own material.
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- Judy Corstjens

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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- Mark @ M12

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-11-2011
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC