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Worth Your Attention and Reading Time

  • Aug 29, 2013
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To communicate with power and a few words is a valuable skill. Journalist and writing instructor Roy Peter Clark has served the writing community with HOW TO WRITE SHORT. I enjoyed this book and believe if you apply the teaching; it will improve your writing.

As Clark writes in the opening pages,"I've written HOW TO WRITE SHORT because I could not find another book quite like it and because in the digital age, short writing is king. We need more good short writing--the kind that makes us stop, read, and think--in an accelerating world. A time-starved culture bloated with information hungers for the lean, clean, simple, and direct. Such is our appetite for short writing that not only do our long stories seem long, but our short stories feel too long as well." (Page 4)

The short punchy chapters in this book are fun to read and loaded with insight. I learned a great deal in HOW TO WRITE SHORT. I recommend it.
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I am an Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing. I have written more than 60 books for traditional publishers and for more than 50 magazines. My blog on The Writing Life has more than 1,100 searchable … more
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Roy Peter Clarkis senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing at every level -- to schoolchildren and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors -- for more than thirty years. A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited seventeen books on writing and journalism, includingWriting Tools,The Glamour of Grammar, andHelp! for Writers. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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