America's most influential writing teacher offers an engaging and practical guide to effective short-form writing.
In HOW TO WRITER 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 even self-descriptions for online dating services. 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.
HOW TO WRITE SHORT both instructs and delights, in equal measure. On every page there is some useful advice and an amusing observation or illustration. Read this book!. - Ben Yagoda, author of How to Not Write Bad
A fun, practical guide. Clark really knows his way around a sentence. Learn from him. - Christopher Johnson, author of Microstyle
Engaging, entertaining, indispensable. - James Geary, author of The World in a Phrase and I Is an Other