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On Writing Well by William Zinsser

On Writing Well (1976)

by William Zinsser

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Zissner provides a simple and thought provoking primer for writers. Though he may not provide concrete "how-to's"--as though writing were that simple--he nonetheless gives amazing encouragement for novices just beginning their trek. I have given it a 5 star rating simply for its simplicity and its accessibility. From writing manuscripts to monographs, sermons to stories, or even poetic prose; the book proves to be invaluable. ( )
  Noah_Schumacher | Apr 28, 2015 |
Great book on writing. Really good advice. ( )
  kslade | Apr 7, 2015 |
I came late to this classic and I'm glad I caught up with it eventually. It's one of those rare books that starts well and gets better. Particularly so as Zinsser's warmth and enthusiasm emerge through his writing - this is a key learning point as well as a pleasure for the reader. Some fine examples too, not least from Zinsser's own work. His analysis of an article about his trip to watch the arrival of a salt caravan is both instructive and joyful. ( )
  Davidgnp | Jan 27, 2015 |

And essential book for learning how to write, how to appreciate (the act of) writing and the written word - clean and clear prose, and that which is not; and how to do both with intelligence and relaxed compassion. ( )
  kosmos21 | Mar 19, 2014 |
It's important to realize that this book focuses upon journalistic non-fiction writing: tightly focused articles on just about every subject. You will not learn about fiction writing here. On the other hand, for non-fiction in general, this is one of the best books there is on the topic. He writes the book in the style and using the principles that he advocates. It's far more readable than Strunk & White, and deals with various genres: travel, memoir, science, et alia. Perhaps the most unique feature of the book is how he reveals what being a professional writer is all about emotionally, even spiritually. What kind of life must a person lead to be a good writer? How does one deal with editors? There are also chapters on the classic topics of writing: grammar, usage and punctuation. Even these often soporific topics are handled in a lively way. If you write non-fiction -- especially if you write in an academic environment, this book is a gem.
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One of the pictures hanging in my office in mid-Manhattan is a photograph of the writer E. B. White.
A school in Connecticut once held "a day devoted to the arts," and I was asked if I would come and talk about writing as a vocation.
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On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet.

Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

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Warns against common errors in structure, style, and diction, and explains the fundamentals of conducting interviews and writing travel, scientific, sports, critical, and humorous articles.

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