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A practical innovative step by step approach to the writing process from one of the most acclaimed writing coaches in the country In A Writer's Coach Jack Hart a managing editor at The Oregonian shares the wisdom with which he has coached reporters to Pulitzer Prize winning success He gives invaluable advice on gathering ideas writing theme statements and outlines and using the ladder of abstraction to add variety and texture to writing He provides a lexicon of lead sentences He shares his ideas for composing and sustaining powerful writing and for ensuring that what you write will be accessible to your audience Discussing the ways writers can trip themselves up procrastination writer's block and excessive polishing to name just a few Hart demonstrates how to overcome each obstacle Excerpts from writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Joan Didion and from articles gathered from magazines and newspapers provide inspiration and instructive examples of both inadeuate and exemplary writing Like a personal portable writing coach A Writer's Coach will be a boon to writers editors teachers and students


10 thoughts on “A Writer's Coach An Editor's Guide to Words That Work

  1. says:

    I would like to have this book loaded on a computer chip and implanted in my brain Then I could draw on it at will And as a writer and editor I would scale mountains and slay dragons and always return home a hero But such automatic success would eliminate the trying failing trying again and succeeding that is so rewarding if you are a writer or editor You know you'll never know it all but you keep learning to get as close as you can So what I'll do is just keep this book nearby I'll dip back into it now and again for its hundreds of dead on plain English writing and editing tips Beyond that I'll remember its message You can be a better writer and editor not by waiting for a thunderbolt to form you or by finding the key to the secret room where the elements of great writing reveal themselves but by consciously working at the precision elements of the craft for a lifetime


  2. says:

    A great book I reread it everytime I do the final read through on my manuscripts It's a great refresher that enables me to realign and focus on whether I am clearly and effectively making my point A great reference for non fiction writers


  3. says:

    A Writer's Coach teaches you how to improve the substance of your writing It covers classic Strunk White categories like brevity clarity and color But you’ll also learn how to improve the writing process itself And good news Going from idea to published piece is about method not magicThe book is well organized and easy to reference In addition to an index Hart provides summaries “cheat sheets” at the end of every chapter He writes with journalists first in mind but his advice is useful to any writer If you’re looking for a book to help you improve your writing start with this one


  4. says:

    It was a dark and stormy night that’s how you should start any good piece of writing right? This is the type of book that you can keep at your desk as a handy reference guide It goes wide and covers theme and structure and zooms in with your handy grammar tips and guidelines about creating prose that resonates With real life examples it’s also a really fun read dare I say laugh out loud at moments? Highly recommend this book for anybody getting serious about writing


  5. says:

    This is a useful fun reference by an author who was excellent newspaper editor and writing coach at The Oregonian and columnist for Editor Publisher magazine You'll find a dozen thematic chapters from Method to Color to Voice It's easy to jump to the challenge you're facing in your writing Plenty of examples some charts and cheat sheets at the end of chapters Five ways to add oomph to your writing And Five ways to get people into your writing Plus resources from books to collections to stylebooks to organizations


  6. says:

    This guide book with its many helpful suggestions is directed mainly at journalists; but it is also the sort of book that can be sampled as well as read I recommend perusing chapters that speak to your own writing genre and skimming those that don’t Hart provides a bibliography with other helpful sources for the developing writer including at the top of my list Strunk White Elements of Style; William Zinsser On Writing Well; and Stephen King On Writing Hart did not include another personal favorite James J Kilpatrick’s Writer’s Art 1984


  7. says:

    I have read a lot of writing books but still found this one helpful I liked the author's suggestion for thinking of ideas to write about I thought the book was heavy on grammar and could have explained about ways to edit besides grammar


  8. says:

    The author is very knowledgable about English usage and effective writing for journalists Despite his assertion to the contrary however there is not a lot of helpful advice in her for fiction writers specifically


  9. says:

    Simply a must readGranted parts of the book are specific to English users like the grammarspelling part but still it's both inspiring AND educational


  10. says:

    It was dumb luck I stumbled upon Jack Hart's book A Writer's Coach Pantheon Books 2006 I couldn't afford to hire an editor for my novel but knew it needed help There are hundreds thousands? of self help books on this topic so how was I to pick the one that would work for me? I personally own over a dozen including Lukeman's First Five Pages several by Donald Maass and several by James Frey While I did want one that specialized in self editing I also have uite a few of those including Writing From A to Z and Self editing for Fiction WritersTruth I don't know why I picked Jack Hart Maybe because he's a well respected editor who's helped four Pulitzer Prize winning authors though this isn't what I aspire to be It's definitely not because of his uarter century as managing editor at The Oregonian the Pacific Northwest’s largest newspaper I'm not a fan of main stream media I might have been influenced by his decade long column for Editor Publisher magazine called “The Writer’s WorkshopOverall I'm not sure but I'm glad I did The Writer's Coach is a nuts and bolts approach to fixing the problems endemic in first drafts Though ten years old Harts advice transcends trends and medium delving into the problems and angst shared by all writers Chapters include Method Process Structure Force Brevity Clarity Rhythm Humanity Color Voice Mechanics MasteryThe pithiness that colors the chapter titles flows throughout the book Humanity? Have you ever seen that in a how to write book? Here is the publisher review of the book Mystified over misplaced modifiers? In a trance from intransitive verbs? Paralyzed from using the passive voice? To aid writers from beginners to professionals legendary writing coach Jack Hart presents a comprehensive practical step by step approach to the writing process He shares his techniues for composing and sustaining powerful writing and demonstrates how to overcome the most common obstacles such as procrastination writer’s block and excessive polishingAlliteration aside I found a lot to love about this book Here are several of my favorite uotes What's the first thing you do when facing a new writing assignment? I ask Get a cup of coffee a journalist replied The tendency to see the task ahead as overwhelming explains most keyboard anxiety A problem visible at any one stage of the writing process usually results from something that happened at the immediately preceding stage The best theme statements include a transitive verb Transitive verbs reuire the A causes B brand of thinking that characterizes a true hypothesis Stay lose through your first draft and write fast You may even want to put your notes aside while you write leaving blanks Don't stall on the first line The important thing is to get moving not write the perfect opening the parasites in the pond of prose first said by EB White needless ualifiers such as 'rather' 'somewhat' 'generally' 'virtually' 'pretty' 'slightly' 'a bit' and 'little' Five ways to add Oomph to your writing Find action verbs avoid flabby suffixes prefer the active voice minimize expletives and be boldThe only downside of this book? Despite the fact it is touted as a writing coach for all writers to me it reads as a self help for journalists than novel writers You can see from the uotes above that the points are spot on but the narrative supporting these excellent ideas often wandered into journalistbloggernonfiction weeds Since I include all of those in my profile that was fine with me You may feel differently