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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine quality tools., 13 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer (Paperback)
Writing Tools makes transparent the (sometimes subconscious) strategies of the best writers and authors, and teaches you what to look for in your own work. There are many books out there on writing, but Roy Peter Clark provides a set of tools and exercises that will sharpen your eye and mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for budding writers, 19 Oct. 2014
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A great book for any writer. You can find versions of this online, but this edition is comprehensive and still incredibly cheap and worth the investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book, 29 Dec. 2013
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J. Seye (North East England) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant for those studying writing like me. Many tools and exercises to enhance your writing. I keep it close by for reference. BUY IT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars to write or not to write, 29 Nov. 2013
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great book, but will need to think carefully about trying to use it to its full potential, I could be famous one day!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful!, 18 Nov. 2012
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Not a DIY writing craft book in the ususal fashion - rather a series of principles to abide. Handy to have about....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Dec. 2014
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A must for everyone looking to improve their narration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Oct. 2014
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Classic must have book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 14 Jan. 2015
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This was a gift for a friend, it seems okay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free the writer within, 10 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer (Paperback)
Writers are born, not made. Wrong! Wrong!!! You are imaginative and know basic grammar so get writing. How to allow yourself to be imaginative is a whole different subject. Look at my Random short stories blog to show what you can do with a single word. The key is to brainstorm the word to see what pops up. But back to Writing Tools which looks at fifty tools divided into:

Nuts and bolts-grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph construction etc;

Special Effects-be concrete and simple and know how to make the writing guide the response of the reader etc;

Blue prints-tricks of structuring; and

Useful habits-reflections of how to start and keep writing.

Each of the tools are 3-4 pages long with examples drawn from journalism and fiction to illustrate the points raised. There is summary page of the 50 tools on his blog site. Talking about how to write is as about useful as cooking advice, you need to see and taste it to see if its worth taking. So this is a piece of my writing with a makeover using the tools. So which version do you prefer? Strongly recommended book for you bloggers, budding reporters and secret scribblers.

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So why ,if you are still with me, would you bother to read what appears to be such a distasteful book? The clue is in the structure and descriptions of the book repetitive phraseology of medical sexual teams and the descriptions of the car and body parts. It means that you the reader experience the alienation and emptiness that is the heart of the story. The story is not erotic in any sense as it point to the emptiness of lives that depend on more and more extreme highs and drugs to keep the sexual tension going. Death then becomes the ultimate sexual act. Nowhere does love and community figure in a world of motorways, airports, roundabouts and technological emptiness. What ever the feelings and motives of the writer, the story serves as a warning of a society that obsesses objects and appearances over personal relationships and social community-who cares for the children in this vision of our lives?

The tools used

1 Begin sentences with subjects and verbs

3 Use active and not passive verbs

9 Let punctuation control pace and space

10 Prefer the simple over the technical

16 Seek original imagery

23 Read to tune your voice

31 build around a key question

The revised version

So why, bother to read such a distasteful book? The recurring use of clinical sexual terms and the similar descriptions of car and body parts is a clue. The act of reading makes us emotionally distanced observers of a world running on empty. Sex means ever more extreme risks until Death becomes the ultimate high. In a world of motorways, airports, roundabouts and technology where is love and community? We need to read, whatever the feelings and motives of the writer, to avoid making a society that obsesses objects and appearances leaving no place for a simple kiss or the love of paren
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