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

Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America''s most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of fifty 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 essential reading.

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"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

"Clark is a national treasure that needs to be mined aggressively." ― DeWayne Wickham, USA Today

"For all the aspiring writers out there--whether you''re writing a novel or a technical report--a respected scholar at Florida''s Poynter Institute for Journalists pulls back the curtain on the art."― Teresa K. Weaver, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Pull out a favorite novel or short story, and read it with the guidance of...Clark''s ideas....Readers will find new worlds in familiar places. And writers will be inspired to pick up their pens."― Boston Globe

"No matter what you write--a blog, a love letter, the next great American novel-- Writing Tools offers practical advice that is a pleasure to read."― St. Petersburg Times

About the Author

Roy Peter Clark is senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing at every level -- from schoolchildren to Pulitzer Prize-winning authors -- for more than forty years.

A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited nineteen books on writing and journalism, including The Art of X-Ray Reading, How to Write Short, Writing Tools, The Glamour of Grammar, and Help! for Writers. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he is considered a garage-band legend.

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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not just a writing book, it''s the cheapest writing course of your life
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2016
This 288 pages of writing wisdom and easy to follow exercise book is a sell given the value you get for the price. From consuming this book, a dyslexic/F-level writer like me learned that even I can learn to write well. I am a proud copywriter and I often refer back to this... See more
This 288 pages of writing wisdom and easy to follow exercise book is a sell given the value you get for the price. From consuming this book, a dyslexic/F-level writer like me learned that even I can learn to write well. I am a proud copywriter and I often refer back to this book for insights.

This book is unique in the sense that he presents notable writing snippets from the best writers of our time, making this book not only informative but also very entertaining.

Writing Tip: To improve how you approach writing, you could benefit from copying some of the sentences that you enjoyed reading. What I do is, I copy some of these sentences and rewrite them on a daily basis, this is a copywriting practice technique that copywriters use to build their craft. It works because by writing the sentences down you''re reinforcing the sentence formation and structure patterns from other amazing writers. Studies, such as the Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer research (Scientific America has a great article on this) on longhand note taking vesus typing show that writing information down improves information retention (among other things). Additionally, if you think of this as a concept, this approach is analogous to how a business can get better results by analyzing innovative sales models from other companies and from understanding it they can appropriately modify their sales system/model. Similar, from practicing this technique you''re mentally modeling out what a great sentence look and feel like, I guarantee writing will get more fun and become effortless the more you practice!

Writing Tools is a priceless and life changing writing course in itself, pick it up and you won''t regret it.
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D&J Tue
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Great tools for new writers
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2016
Great book to learn some tricks of the trade. With 50 tools in this bag, there are too many to keep in mind all the time. I suspect I''ll get better at it with practice. So I''ve highlighted my book and I re-read my highlights over and over to try to get these to stick. So... See more
Great book to learn some tricks of the trade. With 50 tools in this bag, there are too many to keep in mind all the time. I suspect I''ll get better at it with practice. So I''ve highlighted my book and I re-read my highlights over and over to try to get these to stick. So far, my favorites are "watch the -ings" because too many of them will hurt good writing; Lose the dash - it''s for the punctuation-illiterate; use adverbs only if they change the meaning of the verb, such as "killing me softly." I believe this book has made me a better writer.
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D. Thurston
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Wonderful Book for Both Beginning and Advanced writers
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2017
I purchased this book in Kindle and immediately appreciated its well constructed format. It is easy to comprehend Clark''s intent which is to help us understand how important it is to compose our stories with words that evoke vitality and a structure that maintains story... See more
I purchased this book in Kindle and immediately appreciated its well constructed format. It is easy to comprehend Clark''s intent which is to help us understand how important it is to compose our stories with words that evoke vitality and a structure that maintains story integrity. Both invite readers to better visualize the events taking place which, for me, made the reading interesting and enjoyable. I highly recommend this book for beginners struggling with form and function of composition, and also as a gentle reminder for those who are more advanced when the craft of writing beings to feel tedious.
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Tmag
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A real toolbox
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2016
I got this book a few years ago in the hopes of improving my word choices and infusing my writing with more voice. I recall reading it but never applying the knowledge or even referencing the book after that first encounter. Who knows, maybe I just wasn''t willing to do... See more
I got this book a few years ago in the hopes of improving my word choices and infusing my writing with more voice. I recall reading it but never applying the knowledge or even referencing the book after that first encounter. Who knows, maybe I just wasn''t willing to do the work. Recently, however, I picked up this book again and, WOW, there is so much useful stuff in here. I wish that I had been using it this whole time, who knows how much my writing could have improved. If you want real tools to help with the nuts and bolts of writing, this is the book. Each tool serves a purpose and it''s up to you as the writer to learn how and when to use it.
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Lots of good information for writers and wanna be writers
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2020
Exactly what I needed to confirm and put a name to many techniques that I enjoy about the best books that I have read and it gives me confidence to write in my own style and still follow the tools-- not rules. I can''t say enough about how helpful this book is if you are... See more
Exactly what I needed to confirm and put a name to many techniques that I enjoy about the best books that I have read and it gives me confidence to write in my own style and still follow the tools-- not rules. I can''t say enough about how helpful this book is if you are serious about the craft.
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J. Darrah
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Spiral?
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
This is not a spiral edition. I repeat this is not a spiral edition. I received mine and there is no spiral at all. Totally Miss advertising.I still want the book so I bought the paperback edition and hope it proves better than this false advertising. Do not buy this spiral... See more
This is not a spiral edition. I repeat this is not a spiral edition. I received mine and there is no spiral at all. Totally Miss advertising.I still want the book so I bought the paperback edition and hope it proves better than this false advertising. Do not buy this spiral edition because it is not a spiral edition.
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JM
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Some decent tips on writing craft
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2021
I like the style of short chapters outlining ‘strategies’ to help the writer. There are better books on writing craft around and ones far better for writers of fiction. Clark’s mixture of anecdotes from journalism often fell flat for me, as such.
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JWC
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Fluid and Easy to Read
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
Each chapter is broken down into short digestible pieces. The advice and knowledge is as practical, true, as it is simply and clearly articulated.

Kudos for allowing the instructional knowledge to come through as powerfully as any guide on writing.
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Norma B
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Mainly for journalists and other writers of non-fiction
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2017
The author is a journalist by trade and a senior scholar at a school for journalists, and his book - which is well-written - is mainly aimed at journalists and other writers of non-fiction. One chapter opens, "When writers tell me stories about working on big...See more
The author is a journalist by trade and a senior scholar at a school for journalists, and his book - which is well-written - is mainly aimed at journalists and other writers of non-fiction. One chapter opens, "When writers tell me stories about working on big projects.." Then some three hundred words later the author says, "For me this process also works for fiction." For the author, "writers" are first and foremost writers of non-fiction. Writers of fiction need to sift through the author''s "strategies" - each helpfully contained within its own chapter - and consider which are relevant to fiction, and which irrelevant or even counter-productive. Once that''s done - and it''s worth doing - the book becomes a useful source of advice for writers of fiction.
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Ben Finn
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Excellent book, but you may be sent the old, shorter edition!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2016
Excellent book, but I was sent the shorter, original edition (with 50 ''essential strategies'') rather than the 10th Anniversary edition shown (which has 55). So I got a refund and bought the Kindle version instead, but that was also the older edition (despite having the...See more
Excellent book, but I was sent the shorter, original edition (with 50 ''essential strategies'') rather than the 10th Anniversary edition shown (which has 55). So I got a refund and bought the Kindle version instead, but that was also the older edition (despite having the front cover of the new one!) So whichever you order, check after you buy that you have the 10th Anniversary edition with 55 strategies actually listed inside the book (not just on the Kindle cover!)
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Rogue Eyebrow
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Five stars after just one chapter!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2012
I''ve only read one chapter of this so far but the rest of the whole book could be a complete pile of pants and it would still deserve 5* for what I''ve already learned, so I''m not waiting, I''m writing my review now! I''ve read a lot of books about writing and have found that...See more
I''ve only read one chapter of this so far but the rest of the whole book could be a complete pile of pants and it would still deserve 5* for what I''ve already learned, so I''m not waiting, I''m writing my review now! I''ve read a lot of books about writing and have found that a lot of them repeat the same material, with maybe a few nuggets that aren''t in the others. This one was straight out the gate with something that has had me thinking about it non-stop since I read it and I don''t want to continue with the book until I''ve really examined it. It''s Tool 1: "Begin sentences with subjects and verbs" and it explains how strong sentences start with the main subject and its verb at or near the beginning of the sentence, like I have in this review ("I''ve", "I''ve", "This one was", "It''s"). Once you start looking at that in other people''s writing and analysing your own, it''s an eye-opener. To me, it was worth the price of the book just for that. Can''t wait to read the rest (but I''ll have to, I''m still thinking about the first chapter!). UODATE: I''m on Chapter/Tool 11 after a couple of weeks now and I''m still delighted with this book. So many interesting things, and a whole stage up from other books on writing. It''s refreshing to read something that feels a bit more advanced and it''s also a very easy read. Very highly recommended.
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Excellent book, clear examples, good exercises to try
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 17, 2015
This book contains strategies for both novice and experienced writers, and the ideas are applicable to both short and long fiction, from articles to novels. This is because it focuses on what makes a good story, and how to tell it well. Some books on writing have too much...See more
This book contains strategies for both novice and experienced writers, and the ideas are applicable to both short and long fiction, from articles to novels. This is because it focuses on what makes a good story, and how to tell it well. Some books on writing have too much padding, where the author gives long examples from other writers'' works, but this book sticks to succinct examples. The author''s background in journalism makes it especially useful for writers who want to find ways to market their books via blog posts/articles and the media, as well supplying plenty of juice for those crafting longer works. Within the 50 tools I found several I had not considered before, and I am an experienced writer. Well worth the money. Wish I had ordered the paperback now, and not the kindle version as it is a very good book I will refer to again and recommend to other writers.
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Ken Nixon
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The best writing guide I''ve read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 21, 2014
This is an excellent manual for established and would-be writers alike. Peter Clark guides the reader through a logically sequenced series of succinct chapters, explaining the craft of writing in the clearest terms, and drawing on the very best of literature and journalism...See more
This is an excellent manual for established and would-be writers alike. Peter Clark guides the reader through a logically sequenced series of succinct chapters, explaining the craft of writing in the clearest terms, and drawing on the very best of literature and journalism to exemplify each new skill. Short exercises at the end of each chapter help those who wish to consolidate these skills. Call me extravagant if you will, but I bought both the paperback and Kindle versions, so that this book is always to hand when needed. I rate it that highly.
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Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

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Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

Writing outlet sale Tools: 55 Essential wholesale Strategies for Every Writer online sale

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