Great Book but slightly overrated. It's a great collection of writing tips with lots of good examples. It even has an integrated mini-workshop for each tip listed. But what it is lacking is the humanity and the warmth of Zissners On Writing Well. In one chapter ' Special Effects ' it becomes obvious since many of the "tools" the author offers here can easily be misused for what Zissner calls "Journalese" ' that is a pretentious writing-style. Nevertheless a good reference book.
So many writing books out there and so few actually live up to their promise or your expectations. If you only buy one book on writing, then let it be this one. Sure, you don't only need one book; you probably need 'A Writer's Coach' by Jack Hart too.
Roy Peter Clark is a literary genius and his '50 essential strategies' are worth their weight in plutonium. Read it three times: once, straight through. Once more, one tool per day. And one last time, over the course of the rest of your life.