On Writing Well, 25th Anniversary: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

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Harper Collins, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 308 pages
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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 sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

 

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Contents

The Memoir
133
Science and Technology
148
Writing in Your Job
166
Sports
179
Critics and Columnists
194
Humor
208
The Sound of Your Voice
233
Enjoyment Fear and Confidence
243

Unity
49
The Lead and the Ending
55
Bits Pieces
69
Nonfiction as Literature
95
The Interview
100
The Travel Article
116
The Tyranny of the Final Product
255
A Writer s Decisions
265
Write as Well as You Can
286
SOURCES
295
INDEX
301
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William Knowlton Zinsser (October 7, 1922 - May 12, 2015) was an American writer, editor, literary critic, and teacher. He began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, where he worked as a feature writer, drama editor, film critic and editorial writer. Throughout the 1970s, Zinsser taught writing at Yale University. He wrote 18 books, including On Writing Well, which is in its 17th edition. Zinsser died at the age of 92 in Manhattan on May 12, 2015.

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