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Murder Your Darlings

Murder Your Darlings

And Other Gentle Writing Advice from Aristotle to Zinsser

From one of America’s most influential writing teachers, a collection of 50 of the best writing strategies distilled from 50 writing and 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 would be more appropriate. Then again, what about the classics — Strunk and White, or even Aristotle himself?

Thankfully, your search is over. In Murder Your Darlings, Roy Peter Clark, who for more than 30 years has been a beloved and revered writing teacher to children and Pulitzer prize-winners alike, has compiled a remarkable collection of more than 100 of the best writing tips from 50 of the best writing books of all time. With a chapter devoted to each key strategy, Clark expands and contextualizes the original author’s suggestions, and offers anecdotes about how each one helped him or other writers sharpen their skills.

An invaluable resource for writers of all kinds, Murder Your Darlings is an inspiring and edifying ode to the craft of writing.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Language Arts & Disciplines / Style Manuals

On Sale: January 21st 2020

Price: $13.99 / $17.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 352

ISBN-13: 9780316481861

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Praise

"A party-popper of inspiration."
Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
"With his latest work, Murder Your Darlings, Roy Peter Clark once again proves he is America's writing coach. Having compiled, dissected, and analyzed the best writing tips from the best books on writing, Clark has done all lovers of the written word a tremendous favor. Murder Your Darlings is sure to become the go-to source, not only for writing tips but also for Clark's unique insight and practical instruction. A terrific addition to any bookshelf."
Lori Roy, two-time Edgar award-winning author of Gone Too Long
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