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On Writing Well

William Zinsser

On Writing Well

An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction

by William Zinsser

  • 311 Want to read
  • 28 Currently reading

Published by Harpercollins College Div .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Writing & editing guides,
  • English Composition,
  • Language Arts / Linguistics / Literacy,
  • Education,
  • General,
  • Language Arts & Disciplines

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages288
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL7670185M
    ISBN 100673993086
    ISBN 109780673993083
    OCLC/WorldCa32050657

    You need to be able to make your point before the end of a sentence or paragraph. His voice is firm, yes, but also caring. This is true for any business that you might be a part of — how does this piece of writing improve my bottom line? Have faith in your opinions and who you are will be exposed. And if the second sentence doesn't induce him to continue to the third sentence, it's equally dead.

    Doing this can often take an average piece and really make it zing. Think: strong nouns and verbs. If your book has a small target audience due to its subject matter, it may be tough to find a publisher to take it on. Use a dictionary and a thesaurus as well to play with word choices in sentences. He was a graceful classicist as a writer, and this million-seller has been lauded for its warmth and clarity. This practical approach to getting inside the writer's mind carries more power than speculation on what other authors might have been thinking.

    Use a dictionary and a thesaurus as well to play with word choices in sentences. Zinsser offers sound tips on the fundamentals of writing any kind of nonfiction you can think of. Article Summary Anyone with a story to tell can write a book, either for their own enjoyment or to publish for all to see. One point must feed into another, one sentence into the next, from the lead until the close. Both of them were opposing yet they both are considered great writers. But his insight into the art and craft of writing well will live on in his book.


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Review: On Writing Well

One point must feed into another, one sentence into the next, from the lead until the close. Are you hoping to become rich and famous?

They do. A few elements of style can serve as elegant finishing to the piece, but the structure needs to be firmly built before you even start with stylistic elements.

The actual usage of your words will show what ideas you are trying to express to the readers.

How To Write Well: 10 Essential Self

Think: strong nouns and verbs. I know that journalese might not be a real thing but I completely understand what he is inferring. Zinsser does not condescend, nor does he dwell on the confusions to be found in the English language.

On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition

I definitely agree with the author when he says that to have good usage you must have good words. My late mother was a convincing example of one who never believed she had arrived.

He's got a "tough love" approach that draws from his many years of teaching writing classes to undergraduates at Yale. Zinsser says this very thing in this chapter, but actually just applies it to a newspaper writer who is responsible for two or three pieces a day.

But if you're like me, you're probably pressed for time and need to prioritize how you spend the few extra hours each week you might have outside of work and home responsibilities to hone your writing skills. Bring them to life for your readers. Most writers, though, tend to work best with minimal distractions and with easy access to any materials they may need.

It informed the way I wrote the Left Behind series, which has sold more than 60 million copies and still sells six figures every year, nearly a decade since the last title was released.

Do you simply have a great story that you want to share with the world? He asked if it is O. Writing About People: The Interview The rest of this third part of On Writing Well focuses on techniques for specific types of writing, starting off with the art of writing about people and how to interview them.

Science and Technology Many writers balk at writing about science and technology out of fear and a lack of understanding of the topic, but science for a general audience is actually easy.Teach Writing Well made me want to become an even more active writing teacher, one who encourages students to “explore, talk, think, and question” in order to write effectively.

This book is practical and goes step by step through incorporating writing traits into your classroom—but undergirding it is a sense of exuberance and discovery. Do you want to learn how to write a book in ? In this easy guide for new writers and aspiring authors, I break book writing down step-by-step.

I also explain how you can write your book faster this year. You'll also get a clever tool that speeds up writing a great book that you readers will love. On Writing Well is a craft book, and its principles haven’t changed since it was written 30 years ago. I don’t know what still newer marvels will make writing twice as easy in the next 30 years.

But I do know they won’t make writing twice as good. That will still require plain old hard thinking—what E. B. White was.

8 ON WRITING WELL what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. How can the rest of us achieve such enviable freedom from clutter?

The answer is to. May 18,  · W e learned recently that William Zinnser has died. He was known primarily as the author of On Writing Well, a classic guide to composing atlasbowling.com is a book that has meant a lot to me as I have attempted to mature as a writer.

This weekend I breezed back through all my notes and highlights and found that the ideas that most impacted me can be distilled into 5 simple headings. Sep 20,  · Recent Times features, including a new series on the art of writing, inspire us to create this list of 10 “rules” for writing well.

In it you’ll find links to advice on everything from using punctuation to reading the way writers do.