How to Write Short Word Craft for Fast Times

ISBN-10: 0316204358
ISBN-13: 9780316204354
Edition: 2013
Authors: Roy Peter Clark
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Publication date: 8/27/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836

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.

Roy Peter Clark was born in 1948 in New York City and raised on Long Island. He graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island with a degree in English and earned a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was hired by St. Petersburg Times in 1977 to become a writing coach. He worked with the American Society of Newspaper Editors to improve newspaper writing nationwide. He was soon elected a distinguished service member which was a rare honor for a journalist who has never edited a newspaper. He has nurtured Pulitzer Prize winning writers such as Thomas French and Diana Sugg. He has worked full-time at The Poynter Institute starting in 1979 as director of the writing center, dean of the faculty, senior scholar and vice president. He has authored or edited several books on journalism and writing such as: Free to Write: A Journalist Teaches Young Writers; Coaching Writers: Editors and Reporters Working Together Across Media Platforms and Glamour of Grammar.

Introduction: When Words Are Worth a Thousand Pictures
How to Write Short
Collect short writing
Study short writing wherever it finds you
Read for focus
Practice reading at a glance
Follow the work of short writers
Write in the margins
Embrace the lyric
No dumping
Tap the power of two
Learn to balance
Give weight to one side
Change your pace
Hit your target
Count to three
Inject the juice of parallels
Tweak the predictable
Vary hard and soft words
Join the six-word discipline
Cut it short
Add by contraction
Excerpt-but in context
Surprise with brevity
How to Write Short with a Purpose
Enshrine
Crack wise
Sound wise
Sell
Entice
Surprise with content
Reframe messages as dialogue
Marry words with pictures
Summarize and defined
List
Report and narrate
Title
Protect against the misuses of short writing
A Few Final Words-441 to Be Exact
Permissions and Credits
Acknowledgments
Index

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