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Writing tools : 50 essential strategies for every writer

Author: Roy Peter Clark
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : College edView all editions and formats
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Spiral-bound, this college edition lays flat as students work at the computer. It can be enjoyed straight-through or used as a reference as students draft, revise, and edit.

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Genre/Form: Problems and exercises
Problems, exercises, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Peter Clark
ISBN: 9780872899636 0872899632
OCLC Number: 212410087
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 260 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Machine derived contents note: Contents --
Introduction: A Nation of Writers 3 --
Part One. NUTS AND BOLTS 9 --
1. Begin sentences with subjects and verbs. 11 --
2. Order words for emphasis. 15 --
3. Activate your verbs. 19 --
4. Be passive-aggressive. 23 --
5. Watch those adverbs. 27 --
6. Take it easy on the -ings. 31 --
7. Fear not the long sentence. 36 --
8. Establish a pattern, then give it a twist. 41 --
9. Let punctuation control pace and space. 45 --
10. Cut big, then small. 50 --
Part Two. SPECIAL EFFECTS 57 --
11. Prefer the simple over the technical. 59 --
12. Give key words their space. 64 --
13. Play with words, even in serious stories. 68 --
14. Get the name of the dog. 72 --
15. Pay attention to names. 76 --
16. Seek original images. 80 --
17. Riff on the creative language of others. 84 --
18. Set the pace with sentence length. 88 --
19. Vary the lengths of paragraphs. 93 --
20. Choose the number of elements with a purpose in mind. 98 --
21. Know when to back off and when to show off. 103 --
22. Climb up and down the ladder of abstraction. 107 --
23. Tune your voice. 112 --
Part Three. BLUEPRINTS 117 --
24. Work from a plan. 119 --
25. Learn the difference between reports and stories. 124 --
26. Use dialogue as a form of action. 128 --
27. Reveal traits of character. 133 --
28. Put odd and interesting things next to each other. 137 --
29. Foreshadow dramatic events and powerful conclusions. 142 --
30. To generate suspense, use internal cliffhangers. 146 --
31. Build your work around a key question. 150 --
32. Place gold coins along the path. 155 --
33. Repeat, repeat, and repeat. 159 --
34. Write from different cinematic angles. 165 --
35. Report and write for scenes. 169 --
36. Mix narrative modes. 174 --
37. In short works, don¿t waste a syllable. 179 --
38. Prefer archetypes to stereotypes. 184 --
39. Write toward an ending. 188 --
Part Four. USEFUL HABITS 193 --
40. Draft a mission statement for your work. 195 --
41. Turn procrastination into rehearsal. 200 --
42. Do your homework well in advance. 205 --
43. Read for both form and content. 210 --
44. Save string. 214 --
45. Break long projects into parts. 219 --
46. Take an interest in all crafts that support your work. 223 --
47. Recruit your own support group. 228 --
48. Limit self-criticism in early drafts. 232 --
49. Learn from your critics. 236 --
50. Own the tools of your craft. 240 --
Afterword 245 --
Acknowledgments 246 --
Writing Tools Quick List 249 --
Index 255.
Responsibility: Roy Peter Clark.
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