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288 pages, Paperback
First published September 1, 2006
"Think of writing as carpentry, and consider this book your toolbox. You can borrow a writing tool at any time"
"Do not try to apply these tools all at once"
"The most powerful tool on your workbench is oral reading"
"The writer cannot make something clear until the difficult subject is clear in the writer's head. Then, and only then, does she reach into the writer's toolbox"
"It's easy to write. You just shouldn't have standards that inhibit your writing"
"Remember, these are tools, not rules. They work outside the territory of right and wrong"
"The writer conceives an idea, collects things to support it, discovers what the work is really about, attempts a first draft, and revises in the quest for greater clarity" "Sniff. Explore. Collect. Focus. Select. Order. Draft. Revise."
"Good questions drive good stories"
"Writing is rewriting" "Quality comes from revision, not from speed writing" "The purpose is not to create a draft, but to build momentum"