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How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Roy Peter Clark

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"HOW TO WRITE SHORT both instructs and delights, in equal measure. On every page there is some useful advice and an amusing observation or illustration. Read this book!" --Ben Yagoda, author of How to Not Write Bad

"A fun, practical guide. Clark really knows his way around a sentence. Learn from him." --Christopher Johnson, author of Microstyle

"Engaging, entertaining, indispensable." --James Geary, author of The World in a Phrase and I Is an Other

"HOW TO WRITE SHORT comes at the perfect time and enshrines Roy Peter Clark as America's best writing coach. This book should be on every serious writer's shelf." --Tampa Bay Times

"A deeply practical guidebook and an annotated collection of concise gems. HOW TO WRITE SHORT will make you a better writer at any length." --Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

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America's most influential writing teacher offers an engaging and practical guide to effective short-form writing.

In HOW TO WRITE SHORT, Roy Peter Clark turns his attention to the art of painting a thousand pictures with just a few words. Short forms of writing have always existed-from ship logs and telegrams to prayers and haikus. But in this ever-changing Internet age, short-form writing has become an essential skill. Clark covers how to write effective and powerful titles, headlines, essays, sales pitches, Tweets, letters, and even self-descriptions for online dating services. With examples from the long tradition of short-form writing in Western culture, HOW TO WRITE SHORT guides writers to crafting brilliant prose, even in 140 characters.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 étoiles sur 5  32 commentaires
19 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Worth Your Attention and Reading Time 29 août 2013
Par W. Terry Whalin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
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.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 RPC Sharpens Shorts; Gets Buy 30 septembre 2013
Par Stephen W. Hiemstra - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
So. You are a boomer with a manuscript in hand terrified of having to promote a book in a new world of blogs and tweets. What do you do? Start by reading Roy Peter Clark's new book, How to Write Short.

Clark writes his advice in 35 short reflections organized into two sections: "How to Write Short" and "How to Write Short with a Purpose". He caps these sections off with an epilog: "A Few Final Words--441 to Be Exact".

Clark's first reflection focuses on getting you to open your eyes. In a world inundated with data in the form of writing, images, and sounds, what catches your attention? Coyly, Clark paraphrases the line from Sixth Sense. Not, "I see dead people", but "I see short writing"(15). Clark collects shorts like other people collect sidewalk pennies. In reviewing the sparse style of these shorts, he draws attention to the backstory that makes them interesting. Shorts sparkle because they remind you of something. A "grace note", Clark adds, increases the sparkle by reframing the sparkle in a new, interesting way. Or it may just offer a jolt (17-21).

I did not expect a writing book to be a page turner. I did not expect How to Write Short would get me to look at my long writing differently. I do expect that I will be referring back to this book in my book's next edit. Yeah!
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well worth your time 16 septembre 2013
Par S. Adler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
This little book will engage, amuse and educate you. Roy Peter Clark will show you how to use a bunch of little tricks and techniques to improve your writing from emails to tweets, essays to short stories. Want to impress your parents with your Facebook entry? Check out the techniques in Chapters 13-16. Updating your dating profile? Entice, chapter 27. Your kids think you are growing senile and want you in a home? Sound wise, chapter 25, and wow them with your next email. Finally:This should be required reading for anyone who blogs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pay Attention! Informative and useful but enjoyable! 6 septembre 2013
Par Cianna Reider - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Grade: A+

This is an enlightening read. It's quick, it's easy to read and it really changes your outlook on 140 characters or less, and how that can affect writing in all forms. Writing short can actually enhance your ability to write long.

I loved it, from the perspective of someone who deals in Marketing and Blogging and social media all day, this book has been an invaluable tool. It has insight along with explanation, as well as support. Everything is condensed in this small little book. It doesn't force learning on you, but let's you come to the learning. In our modern society, the skill of writing short is so critical. You need to get a lot of big ideas into very small spaces.

The guides, the examples and the general wit of Roy Peter Clark makes this read more like a fiction book, then a writing guide. It's informative, but interesting, and it still gives you the little push to turn the page and see what's next. He efficiently sums up his points at the end of each chapter, giving you key points to remember.

Each chapter includes things to think about, things to try, and general observations about short writing. The clever ways it's used, the clever people who have used it, and the unusual places you can find some of the best short writing. This isn't meant to be a textbook, or even a style guide; this book is meant to help you learn the art of concise. We live in a world of short writing, this book just helps usher you into it with honors.

If you are a marketing person, blogger, tweeter, or basically any form of modern day writer, you need to check out this book. It's so informative without being overwhelming. You don't even realize the author is teaching you until it's too late and you've learned!

I got this book as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining, Occasionally Useful 2 septembre 2013
Par Michael P. Maslanka - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
If you are looking for a book that teaches a formulaic approach to writing, this isn't it. You get 35 short chapters, condensed into 239 pages covering lots of territory. Some of it is inspired(he deconstructs the Chrysler haltime commerical at the Super Bowl and shows why its structure and word choice is so effective(use of the word "fog" because by implication the fog always lifts); some is incisive(he sides with those who argued that the "drum major" quote was concise but out of context;brevity is not a virtue in itself but "brevity loves compnay---in the form of substance and style";some is basic but a good reminder---group items in threes a la "truth, justice and the American way" but don't forget the power of binary construction(ying/yang). Nice chapter on how to use a subordinate clause to tee up a powerful idea("When one of us is chained, none of us is free.") Well worth the modest time investment.
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