Writing Tools | Cool ToolsRoy Peter Clark has been teaching writing to journalists and others including schoolchildren for several decades — and now he has taught me. Writing in "Reading as a Writer," Francine Prose says she taught creative writing classes using rules until she realized the best writers broke those same rules on their way to creating masterpieces He was hired by St. Petersburg Times in 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 worked full-time at The Poynter Institute starting in as director of the writing center, dean of the faculty, senior scholar and vice president.
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
The goal? To teach you how to write potent, memorable, not-stinky stuff. For dramatic variation, write a sentence with the subject and verb near the end. Putting strong stuff at the beginning and end helps writers hide weaker stuff in the middle. At their best, adverbs spice up a verb or adjective.