Saturday, January 22, 2011
Writing Tools by Peter Clark
I bought this book because some How-To book author recommended it. I'm glad they did. It is unique on my reference shelf. Instead of talking about structure, characters, theme, etc., this book is about how to write. I imagine it is what a line editor would tell you about your sentence. Most of it went over my head rapidly. But that doesn't mean I won't be back to it for a little more after I absorb what I learned during my first pass. There's enough meat here to keep you re-reading for years.
The book jacket describes Peter Clark as a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. Every one of the 50 Tools is followed by a workshop (you know - homework). I imagine if you successfully completed all of the workshops you'd be one heck of a writer. Not that I'm likely to complete any of the workshops any time soon. But I'll think about it.
This is a really good How-To book. I give it four stars.