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Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice from Aristotle to Zinsser

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From one of America's most influential teachers, a collection of the best writing advice distilled from fifty language books -- from Aristotle to Strunk and White.


With so many excellent writing guides lining bookstore shelves, it can be hard to know where to look for the best advice. Should you go with Natalie Goldberg or Anne Lamott? Maybe William Zinsser or Stephen King
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Little, Brown Spark
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Heidi The Reader
Murder Your Darlings is not just another book about writing. It shares the wisdom and creative insights of fifty or so authors, some famous, some not, and some who wrote their own books about the craft.

In his own unique manner, Roy Peter Clark distills the main lessons from each writer and presents them in curated chapters. The chapters are organized into six parts: language and craft, voice and style, confidence and identity, storytelling and character, rhetoric and audience, mission and
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Michelle
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I selected Murder Your Darlings to read mainly because I liked the title, and Roy Peter Clark would approve--one of the first things we learn as writers is that every choice we make is important, from the title, to the layout, to the way we use words. This book, organized as an overview of different books on writing, showcases hundreds of tips on writing book by dozens of writers. Writers and teachers of writing will recognize many of the names in this book, and I found myself wandering down ...more
Angie
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Writing can be tough. When you hit a block, it can even make you feel downright murderous. I know - I've been the mayor of Writer's Block Town for the last several months - I had completely stalled out on the academic paper I have devoted the last 8 months or so of my life to. I ended up using some of the advice I found in Murder Your Darlings to help me through the final phases of editing. I'm actually done now. I just have to smack down my fear of rejection for long enough to submit it. I wish ...more
Steve
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good look at books about writing

I regard this book as a sampler of writing books. Roy Peter Clark takes these writing books and adds his own take on them. It is a great way to be introduced to a variety of writers and how they work. Given Clark’s credentials and expertise, I have no doubt that these are indeed good books for writers or want-to-be writers to read. I appreciated how Clark incorporated his own experiences into the book and how he showed his good sense of humor.
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La Femme Librarian
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although this book started off a bit slow for my taste, it's actually a great resource for an aspiring writer. Not only does the author boil down some of the best writing advice in the business, he also contextualizes that advice with easy to understand examples. I highly recommend this book as a resource for aspiring writers, especially if a writer wants to really zero in on the most important things to consider in constructing a story. An inspiring first resource for those thinking about ...more
Kathy Carberry
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
O usually enjoy reading books about writing but this book looks at books about writing. It was uninformative and I didn't see the need to cover this topic. Still, it may have worked if it was at all engaging, but it didn't work for me. The information and tone work Roberto make it uninteresting.
Dayna
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Aside from the chapter on Hayakawa, the book wasn't as enjoyable or insightful as I had hoped. I received an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway.
Christina
This book just was not for me. I did not love it at all, and DNF it.
Roxy
This is a collection of short essays from several books on writing. This is NOT a brand new manual on writing, FYI.
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By many accounts, Roy Peter Clark is America’s writing coach, a teacher devoted to creating a nation of writers. A Google search on his name reveals an astonishing web of influence, not just in the United States, but also around the world. His work has erased many boundaries. A Ph.D. in medieval literature, he is widely considered one of the most influential writing teachers in the ...more