• Writing Tools

  • 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
  • By: Roy Peter Clark
  • Narrated by: Roy Peter Clark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 29-11-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (44 ratings)


“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.
©2008 Roy Peter Clark (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
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Critic reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Judy Corstjens on 17-06-14

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark @ M12 on 16-02-14

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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5 out of 5 stars
By michael on 03-07-13

Excellent, excellent audiobook for writers!

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best, most concise and useful books on writing that I have ever read...or heard, in this case!

I am a documentary filmmaker and routinely write my own voiceover for my videos. Every one of these tools is relevant to my craft, not only to the writing, but to the editing of the video as well!

Roy Peter Clark is not a professional voice over artist and so his delivery is sometimes a bit overly deliberate and full of pauses. But this is a very small criticism of an otherwise engaging and worthwhile audiobook. His reading style is easy enough to get used to, and may even be preferable to those who need the time to absorb the material.

Roy Clark knows his stuff and I am considering purchasing one of his other audiobooks.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Erin on 20-06-12

Wonderful Wisdom for all Writers!

If you want to write, and write well, this little box of treasures is for you! Roy Peter Clark hands you all the tools you need to improve your writing. His narration clear and to the point. You'll listen to this again and again, as I have, and find your writing technique flourish!

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