By Jack R. Hart
Mystified over lost modifiers? In a trance from intransitive verbs? Paralyzed from utilizing the passive voice? to assist writers, from newcomers to pros, mythical writing trainer Jack Hart provides a accomplished, sensible, step by step method of the writing technique. He stocks his innovations for composing and maintaining robust writing and demonstrates the way to conquer the most typical hindrances equivalent to procrastination, writer’s block, and over the top sprucing. With instructive examples and excerpts from awesome writing to supply thought, A Writer’s Coach is a boon to writers, editors, academics, and students.
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I highlight the first theme statement and hit the delete key. Then I write a new one and adjust what I've already written accordingly. If one compass doesn't work, I get a new one. The important thing is to always have one in hand. III. FINDING A FOCUS The most important thing in a work of art is that it should have a kind of focus. There should be some place where all the rays meet or from which they issue. —Leo Tolstoy Adjusting the Lens A running gag among writing coaches is that the three biggest writing problems are focus, focus, and focus.
Who are the members of your intended audience and what questions are they likely to have? Does your publication's editor like anecdotal or summary leads? Different kinds of writing may call for vastly different kinds of reporting. A business memo may require only abstract information—facts, figures, and quotations. A long magazine narrative will require much more specific material—sights, sounds, and smells gathered during hours and hours of hanging-around time. One symptom is a sure sign of bad planning during the informationgathering stage: If you've finished your reporting and you find yourself constantly picking up your phone to call sources back, you did a lousy planning job.
Then you can come back to polish the thing in the morning. Or maybe you're planning a nonfiction book that will take five years. No matter. The principle remains the same. If you're writing a researchheavy book, the port's a lot farther away, but the journey still breaks down into the same stages. And the individual steps are exactly the same. Once you master the process, getting there can become the best part of the voyage. It's possible to be a relaxed, productive writer who enjoys the work and finds it an energizing challenge rather than a nightmare of frustration and burnout.