I acquired the book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, by Roy Peter Clark, as a gift from a member of 1st Writes. And what a power–packed book this is!
As Amazon’s description shares, “One of America's most influential writing teachers offers a toolbox from which writers of all kinds can draw practical inspiration. [Clark’s] book distills decades of experience into 50 tools that will help any writer become more fluent and effective.
Writing Tools covers the most basic (Tool 5: Get the name of the dog.) to the more complex (Tool 23: Tune your voice.) with hundreds of illustrations from literature and journalism. Bloggers, novelists, students and writers of articles, memos, e-mails, PowerPoint presentations, and love letters, will all benefit from Clark’s 50 indispensable, memorable, and usable tools.
One of my own personal favorites is Tool 10, “Cut big, then small. Prune the big limbs, then shake out the dead leaves.” Good advice!
Available at Amazon in both print and Kindle form, Writing Tools is a quick read, with short, pointed chapters to digest.
If you own a copy of this book, what is your favorite tool?