On writing well by william zinsser

William Zinsser

If a problem develops in a sentence that does not have a good solution, he suggests that the sentence be dropped altogether. Study the masters but also your contemporaries: If you have aspirations to work for a newspaper or a magazine—or even write a popular non-fiction book—I would highly recommend this book.

The English language is rich in strong and supple words. Zinsser stressed simplicity and efficiency, but also style and enthusiasm. On the other hand, avoid jargon and big words: At its best, non-fiction writing is more than chuckles and trivia—it can be just as profound as the best novel or poem.

The book wraps up with the important attitudes that good writers develop. His style is nearly flawless, and he informs the reader on how he does what he does so well. Doing the job On writing well by william zinsser enough is sufficient.

Zinsser steps through an entire article that he wrote about his trip to Katmandu, points out the composition problems he dealt with, and explains the solutions he chose. Writing is hard work: He loved the revolution in writing that computers brought, calling it a miracle.

Take the time to root around and find the ones you want. If, having found the scalawag and the scapegrace, you want to know how they differ, then go to the dictionary. The year-old left behind one of the classics of writing instruction manuals as his legacy, On Writing Well.

I have no problem with this kind of writing-style—my mother is a journalist. I commend Zinsser for his honesty. It was a cultural problem, rooted in that old bugaboo of American education: May he rest in peace!

Zinsser does not condescend, nor does he dwell on the confusions to be found in the English language. We like to see efficiency and real-world results.

Writing is an act of ego, and you might as well admit it. And the more you keep in first person and true to yourself, the sooner you will find your style: Zinsser does this, and includes some of his own work because he knows exactly what he was thinking while writing.

But it hardly runs the whole gamut of nonfiction. The author accurately describes the writing process as a series of problems, all of which have solutions. Read everything you write out loud for rhythm and sound: And for pretentious me, Zinsser comes across as a bit vulgar.

Books on writing usually use the work of other authors as examples. I grow tired of this. The richness in good nonfiction comes from doing more research than needed and distilling the information down to the most interesting.

I should temper my criticisms. It varies from person to person, from subject to subject, from country to country, and from age to age. He incorporates unusual observations and approaches to his subjects, a technique that produces fresh prose. His conception of language is narrow.

So if you wish to read a snappy book on snappy writing, On Writing Well satisfies. His emphasis on the research material is good advice, as the research often leads to inspiration. What you will learn in this book is how to do a specific type of writing: Never have so many Americans written so profusely and with so few inhibitions.

But often non-fiction writers have—dare I say it? He admits this himself I have an unbroken record of missing the deeper meaning in any story, play or movie, and as for dance and mime, I have never had any idea of what is being conveyed.

Both require training, practice, and a little bit of ability. We set ourselves a goal and go straight for it. Go straight for the point.William Zinsser's On Writing Well was a healthy dose of affirmation and My desire, as I write my novel, is to write with simple, clear, effective prose.

I once told a friend that "I try to write lightly and cleanly, expressing the things I want to say in few and pastel-colored words, but I do try to move the reader as well, and add in little /5.

My favorite writer on writing died. William Zinsser, author of “On Writing Well” died yesterday. He was 92 years old. Was his book any good.

On Writing Well

May 13,  · William Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher whose book “On Writing Well” sold more than million copies by employing his own literary craftsmanship to urge clarity, simplicity, brevity.

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction [William Zinsser] on mint-body.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 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/5().

by William Zinsser We'd love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. Select a Bookseller - Direct Link to Buy. Apr 29,  · William Zinsser, the year-old author of “On Writing Well,” can no longer see.

So now he coaches writers by listening to their prose.

On writing well by william zinsser
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