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On one hand, one must be able to convey information to his or her succinctly and clearly. This requires a breadth of knowledge on the ins-and-outs of English prose; grammar nerdiness doesn't hurt. If you find yourself elated when you find someone else who uses the subjunctive tense, this book is for you. Zinsser covers the variety of writing styles featured in most newspapers i. But he also lays out suggestions on how to start the writing process as a writer-to-be.

I especially enjoyed the section on how to make your personal story compelling as a memoir. I know everyone walks away from this book aspiring to become the next Tolstoy, but is this really such a silly aspiration? On Writing Well may primarily focus on non-fiction, but parts of it should be required reading for novelists, as well. Zinsser provides a hand-edited page of his own On Writing Well manuscript as an example of how to cut down on useless words, and it is truly amazing to see how much even an expert writer like him can remove from his work without its losing any meaning or artistic merit.

Not only should you eliminate useless words, but, according to Zinsser, you should also avoid using large words when smaller ones will suffice. I think this is especially good advice for fiction because, the easier a novel is to read, the more easily readers can lose themselves in it. But, for the rest of us, getting the point across succinctly is the best way to satisfy our readers, should we be lucky enough to have any. Zinsser recommends keeping a dictionary handy at all times, which is an idea I am trying to take to heart.

Nothing could be further from the truth: Great writers must be extremely meticulous and precise in their art, both in regard to story and the proper use of the English language. Serious writers will, however, find it indispensible. Zinsser's first few chapters talk solely about eliminating clutter and simplifying your work This book could have been easily shortened to pages.

I was not a fan of his many examples quite frankly, I skipped over most of them. Most of all, I wish Zinsser followed his own advice - simplify, and trust your material don't feel the need to explain almost every single principle; we get it.

The book, however, offered sound advice which I was lucky to dig out from the rest of the nonsense: Then decide to do it. Download On Writing Well: You must create an account in order to download or read the following content. Roy - Madrid, Spain. Francisco - Sherborn, MA. Katelyn - Glen Ellyn, IL. John - Seoul, Korea, Korea, Republic of. Alissa - The United States. Smiliar Books of "On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction".

A Guide to Narrative Craft. Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process. Chapter 5 The Audience. Chapter 9 The Lead and the Ending. Chapter 11 Nonfiction as Literature. Chapter 12 Writing About People: Chapter 13 Writing About Places: Chapter 14 Writing About Yourself: Chapter 15 Science and Technology. Chapter 16 Business Writing: Writing in Your Job. Chapter 18 Writing About the Arts: Chapter 20 The Sound of Your Voice. Chapter 21 Enjoyment, Fear and Confidence.

Chapter 22 The Tyranny of the Final Product. Chapter 23 A Writer's Decision. Chapter 24 Write as Well as You Can. This section contains words approx. View a FREE sample. On the other hand, avoid jargon and big words: Writing is hard work: Remember this in moments of despair.

Write in the first person: And the more you keep in first person and true to yourself, the sooner you will find your style: Believe in your own identity and your own opinions.

Writing is an act of ego, and you might as well admit it. Study the masters but also your contemporaries: Yes, the thesaurus is your friend: If, having found the scalawag and the scapegrace, you want to know how they differ, then go to the dictionary. Read everything you write out loud for rhythm and sound: Zinsser follows his own advice, in that this book pick up a copy here is a joy to read, with a rollicking humor and an infectious enthusiasm.

May he rest in peace! Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts who currently hosts the FunkZone Podcast. You can also follow him on Twitter at tedmills , read his other arts writing at tedmills. We're hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. To support Open Culture's continued operation, please consider making a donation.

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Excerpts from On Writing Well William Zinsser New York, Harper, , Chapters 2 through 4. 2. Simplicity Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, 5/5(2). On Writing Well cssao THE CLASSIC GUIDE TO WRITING NONFICTION 25th Anniversary Edition William Zinsser Quill A HarperResource Book An Imprint of HzrperCollinsPublishers.

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