How to Write Short – A Review from a Blogger
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How To Write Short : Word Craft for Fast Times
Roy Peter Clark
Pub: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
“Roy Peter Clark, the most influential writing teacher in the U.S., 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 much more. 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.”
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.