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The Writing Craft

In his book “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” Roy Peter Clark lists ways to improve your writing. The book starts off with technical advice on how to structure sentences. 253 more words

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A Trail in an Enchanted Forest: Leaving Gold Coins for Your Reader

Re-reading Roy Peter Clark’s brilliantly practical Writing Tools and stumbled upon a writing strategy I adore:

Writing Tool #23: “Place gold coins along the path: Reward the reader with high points, especially in the middle.” … 387 more words

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The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark

If your book club is boring, if you weary of your writing students saying only they did or did not like an assigned text, if you need better feedback from your critique group, then this book may help. 356 more words

Annotations

Reading scholar Louise Rosenblatt described a distinction I adapted to journalism: that reports were crafted to convey information — pointing you there. Stories were about vicarious experience, a form of transportation — putting you there.

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How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time.” This quote and similar variations have been credited to Pascal, John Locke, Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau, among others. 677 more words

Book Review

Another book read, another set of shiny pencils to toss into the toolbox.   Writing Tools, written by Roy Peter Clark, is a book I would highly recommend.  

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