Help!, not Helf! for Writers

The folks at Poynter, spearheaded by Roy Peter Clark, have given us for the small price tag of $1.99 a mobile app.

This is like having a writing coach in your pocket. It’s like a cliff-notes version of Clark’s book Help! for Writers. To me this is a compass. You pull your phone out, hold it in your hand, and find out where your True North is.

There’s even audio from RPC himself giving you reason to believe what you’re doing as a writer isn’t some fruitless venture. Which, trust me, I often say to myself when I wake up a 2:12 in the morning wondering where my life is going and whether I’ve wasted the past ten years. Jury is still deliberating.

Any little thing that helps us improve and become better with these letters on this keyboard I’m all for. I’m a grinder. I’m no natural, but if I have anything, it’s a maniacal drive to put in more hours at the ledger than most. Somebody, somewhere is outworking me, and I’ll be damned if I get outworked in this business. I’m mid-pack in terms of talent so I need to make up for that, and apps like this get me one step closer.

 

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