Posts Tagged ‘books’

Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark (and Green Tea Sherbet)

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 | 2 Comments »
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Inspired by my DW writing buddies to explore the wealth of inspiration that writing books provide, I bought a book.  It’s by Roy Peter Clark, and it’s called Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer.   I picked it because it received good reviews on Amazon and because its four sections have great headers: Nuts and Bolts, Special Effects, Blueprints, and Useful Habits.

I’m more than 2/3 in, and I agree with the good reviews.  I really do like the overall organization of the book, though, as with any book that attempts as grand a task as teaching people how to write better, there are bound to be some things that one already knows.  Even for the seasoned writer (which I’m not, by the way) this book will probably offer some insight into the craft of writing, or inspire inspiration for starting new projects. (more…)

Books books books (Mostly Sherlock Holmes)

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 | No Comments »
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I’ve been reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes very slowly but devotedly on the way to the bus (taking care not to bump into traffic poles anymore) , and I must say that it’s brilliant.  When I was much younger I’d come across the books in the library or on someone’s bookshelf and I’d always be supremely uninterested, writing it off as old, archaic fiction that couldn’t be very interesting or relevent.

Of course, younger!me was wrong.  Sherlock Holmes is cleverly written and extremely accessible to the modern reader, and most important, it’s really really fun.  There is such wit and humor in every story that it just compells one to keep on reading.  Those of you who were like younger! me and haven’t picked up a Sherlock Holmes story yet, I urge you to do so before seeing that movie with Robert Downey Jr (which is not very Sherlock Holmes-ey, actually).  You won’t regret it!  (Or if you do, there’s no accounting for taste? =P)

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