How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times
Roy Peter Clark
The philosopher Pascal once apologised to a friend for sending him a sprawling letter. ‘I would have written a shorter letter,’ Pascal wrote, ‘but I did not have the time’.
Pascal could have used this sprightly and eminently useful book by Roy Peter Clark, a veteran newspaper man and writing teacher. It’s filled with strategies that would have helped Pascal find the important ideas in his letter, then prune and reshape what he’d written to make them come through stronger.
It’s also a commonplace book of great short writing, drawn from as far afield as Abraham Lincoln and online dating, billion-pound ad campaigns and text messages between Clark and his daughter.
A meticulous and joyful book from a man who has lived a life of language.