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Help! for Writers

By The Poynter Institute

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Help! For Writers offers more than 200 solutions to the most common and difficult problems all writers face.

Based on the groundbreaking work of Roy Peter Clark and the Poynter Institute, Help! For Writers divides the writing process into key steps, identifies the most common missteps, and offers writers the most helpful ways to solve their most pressing writing problems.

Help! For Writers outlines five steps of the writing process: Getting Started; Hunting and gathering; Finding Focus; Building a Draft; and Making It Better. For each step, Clark identifies the three biggest problems writers face and offers workable solutions – more than 200 in all, presented in Clark’s distinctive style.

The "Inspire Me" section features exclusive audio clips of advice and inspiration from Roy Peter Clark to help you become a better writer.

Whether you are a texter or a tweeter, a sonneteer or a pamphleteer, a novelist or a novice reporter, the practical strategies of Help! For Writers will guide you to success.

Roy Peter Clark is one of the world’s most influential writing teachers, the author of such practical and inspiring books as Writing Tools, The Glamour of Grammar, and Help! For Writers, all published by Little, Brown.

The Poynter Institute is a non-profit school for journalism and democracy in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since 1979 its writing programs – for students and professional writers – have influenced classrooms and newsrooms around the nation and the globe.

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“Roy Peter Clark knows more about writing than anybody I know who is not currently dead,”
-- humorist Dave Barry.

“A wealth of practical advice delivered with a welcome side of gentle reassurance, Roy Peter Clark’s Help! For Writers breaks the writing process down into seven steps, spotlighting 20 problems that befall writers along the way and addressing them with 210 solutions. No matter where you get stuck, dip into this book and you’ll find tips and tricks to get yourself moving again – all accompanied by the humor, wit and cheerful sympathy that have made Clark one of the country’s most beloved and effective writing teachers.”
-- Jason Fry, blogger, Reinventing the Newsroom.

“Help! For Writers is for you, whether you’re interested in avoiding or solving the problems every writer faces, or you’re just interested in studying how a writing teacher with over 30 years of experience solves writing problems. A highly readable and informative book.”
-- Roger C. Parker, Published and Profitable.

“An excellent gift for writes, journalists, bloggers, students, administrators, or anyone who writes, writes, and writes!”
–- Kim, SOS Aloha

“Writing instructor extraordinaire Roy Peter Clark…offers clear, practical solutions to address [writing] problems. And one who writes will find value.”
-- Lisa McLendon, Wichita Eagle

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Customer Reviews

Very disappointing

This app is very limited and is poorly designed. I was expecting something completely different.
It feels like it's meant for a middle school student. The content is not very enlightening —mostly common sense.
The app itself is very unintuitive. The user interface is awkward. The few parts I mildly looked forward to tapping ended up closing the app and opening up a website in Safari.
If this were a free app, I'd give it 3 stars. A $1 app, I'd give it 2 stars. But for $2, I must give this app what it rightfully deserves... 1 star.

Missing features

What I received was not what is detailed in the screen shots and description. There are only three tabs at the bottom. The last two have disappeared. The actual content is not worth the price.

Read the Book Instead

This app was a terrible disappointment. As an avid fan of Roy Peter Clark's work, I was excited to finally find and download this app. However, I wish I had found the reviews before I bought it. The app was very basic and, as other reviews have mentioned, just seemed like a promo for the book.

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