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e-Book On Writing Well download

e-Book On Writing Well download

by William Zinsser

ISBN: 0060914793
ISBN13: 978-0060914790
Language: English
Publisher: Harper & Row Publisher (August 1988)
Pages: 246
Category: Writing Research and Publishing Guides
Subategory: Reference

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On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style.

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. Within these examples the author covers people, places, science and technology, writing within a job, writing about sports, and more.

Cover title page introduction Today I often meet young newspaper reporters who were given the book b. .

Cover title page introduction. I first wrote On Writing Well in an outbuilding in Connecticut that was as small and as crude as White’s boathouse. My tools were a dangling lightbulb, an Underwood standard typewriter, a ream of yellow copy paper and a wire wastebasket. I also often meet gray-haired matrons who remember being assigned the book in college and not finding it the horrible medicine they expected.

168 quotes from William Zinsser: 'Write about small, self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. Then do it. ― William Knowlton Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. If you remember them, it's because they contain a larger truth that your readers will recognize in their own lives. Think small and you'll wind up finding the big themes in your family saga. Writing is an act of ego, and you might as well admit it. ― William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide To Writing Nonfiction.

Here are 10 pivotal lessons from Zinsser’s On Writing Well, one of the most revered and celebrated books on.Zinsser presents a variety of strategies designed to help writers think more clearly about the words they use and the ways they use them.

Here are 10 pivotal lessons from Zinsser’s On Writing Well, one of the most revered and celebrated books on writing. Learn how to become a better writer, Zinsser-style. Part 1 of his book, Principles, contains dozens of valuable lessons, practical bits of advice, and candid warnings on what writers ought and ought not to do in their work. In this article, I’m going to explore 10 pivotal lessons from the Principles section, each of which offers crucial insights into and concrete guidance on one or more aspects of the writing process.

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William Zinsser, On Writing Well. he man who runs away from his craft because he lacks inspiration is fooling himself. He is also going brok. f your job is to write every day, you learn to do it like any other job. - William Zinsser, On Writing Well. Ultimately the product that any writer has to sell is not the subject being written about, but who he or she is.

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He was 92. His wife of almost 60 years, Caroline Fraser Zinsser, confirmed the death. But it was his role as an arbiter of good writing that resonated widely and deeply.

Zinsser's essential guide for writers of nonfiction (science writing, technical writing, sports, criticism, and more) is a useful reference.
Comments:
Niwield
This book is one of the finest books ever written on the subject of nonfiction writing. I've written about 30 books that have sold more than five million copies and I can tell you that those books would never have been written, or written as well, had I not stumbled upon this book some 20 years ago.

From this book I learned the value of brevity. I learned the value of simplicity. And more than anything else, I learned to trust myself and the concept that, in the end, people don't love a book because they are in love with the subject, they love a book (and stick with it regardless of topic) because they like the author. I also learned, very importantly, that your teachers were all wrong when they told you not to write in the first person: Mr. Zinsser convinced me that writing in the first person is the best--often the only--way to write.

If you don't trust yourself and don't trust your ideas, why on Earth are you writing anything?

I also learned from this book that humor and surprise are necessary elements of most nonfiction writing.

Be yourself, talk directly to the reader, be funny, be human, be a tiny bit clever--and you may even surprise yourself with what a good writer you are. Trust yourself, and trust simplicity.

snowball
The most damaging (but fair) criticism I've heard of this book came from reviewer D. Fineman who said, "He generalizes egregiously about topics that are enormous. ... He feels free to judge -- for instance scientists -- outside his field."

I agree that Zinsser does these things, but I disagree that it is a problem. In fact, if I have one criticism of the book it is exactly the opposite: that the lessons are even more generalizable and broadly applicable than Zinsser gives them credit for. For instance, if you skip the travel writing chapter, or if you read it thinking that it only applies to travel writing, then you will miss two golden and persuasive arguments that ought to apply to *any* writer:

1) The things that come to the writer easiest -- cliché, excessive detail, syrupy and vague language -- are the things that keep the reader bored/detached/passive.

2) Your main task as a writer is to distill the essence of whatever you're writing about--to find its central idea, to describe its distinctive qualities using precise images. In other words, your main task is to work excruciatingly hard.

The goal of any writer (yes, any) ought to be to transform the reader from a passive observer into an ally. It's excruciatingly hard to do, but once you realize that that's the goal, and once you realize that the parts that come easiest are what's getting in the way of that goal, then you can start writing well.

Zinsser knows these things, and he articulates them beautifully. It is one of the most persuasive books I have read, on any subject. But I hate that the lessons are hidden within topic-specific chapters. Please read with that in mind.

Lonesome Orange Kid
I've read many books on writing and publishing. This book is by far the most practical, easy to understand and surprisingly entertaining to read. If I was asked to choose one book that would help someone become a better writer it would be this one.
One thing I'll add is to read it more than once, if you're like me, you'll miss many of the nuggets the first time around. I've been through it three times now and continue to find more gems of wisdom.

Mananara
“Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”
– E.B. White

“Writing is the geometry of the soul.”
– Plato

In On Writing Well – The Classic Guide To Nonfiction, William Zinsser writes an easy-to-follow no-nonsense approach into the core essentials of writing.

Providing a smattering of meticulous examples, On Writing Well does a lucid job of clearing up some of the confusion writers might have about style, methods, leads, endings, et al., while setting the foundation for a stronger individual repertoire.

In fact, regarding this, Zinsser speaks about the importance of everyone to have good writing skills given today’s newfound environment where a lot of communication takes place through the emails, the internet and so on. This is crucial since most of us employ the tool of writing in a daily fashion. Zinsser urges individuals to seek to sharpen their skill set in order to become better communicators simply by employing tenets in this book.

As hinted to before, Zinsser also make incisive use of many salient examples throughout the book by breaking them down and suggesting some writing tips in cogent fashion. Within these examples the author covers people, places, science and technology, writing within a job, writing about sports, and more.

Broken down into four parts, the book covers [1] Principles, where notions such as clutter and style are covered, [2] Methods, where leads and endings are covered, [3] Forms, where various forms of nonfiction are explored at length and [4] Attitudes within writing, which is self explanatory. All parts offer ample insights, many of which would be useful to nigh all individuals nowadays, especially if you have to write anything on a daily basis, whether it is emails, memos, etc. and are new to writing.

To accomplish sound things in life, one needs an ironclad scaffolding upon which to set oneself in. Writing well is no different. The insights provided by this book will help those that employ them. Couple the tenets in this book with those of those within The Elements of Style, and one has the recipe for success. Both have helped me quite a bit, as I hope they help you.

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