Review: Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, by Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark has been teaching writing to journalists and others (including schoolchildren) for several decades — and now he has taught me.  I’ve read a number of writing books over the years and this is one of the better ones.  The book consists of 50 tips — with 5 more thrown in the for the latest (2016) edition.  My personal favourite is No. 41: “Turn procrastination into rehearsal.”  Here’s a sample of what he says: “One writer daydreams, another eats, another walks, another listens to music, another paces … Each act of procrastination can become a time of planning and preparation.”  As one who has a tendency to procrastinate myself, I love this idea.  A great book.

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