On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction

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Harper Collins, Sep 11, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 336 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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The best book I've ever read about writing. Every high school and college student should be required to read this. It's honest, well written, and full of stories and examples that help you remember ... Read full review

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Zissner provides a simple and thought provoking primer for writers. Though he may not provide concrete "how-to's"--as though writing were that simple--he nonetheless gives amazing encouragement for ... Read full review

Contents

The Transaction
3
Clutter
12
The Audience
24
Words
32
Unity
49
Bits Pieces
67
Nonfiction as Literature
95
The Travel Article
116
Critics and Columnists
193
Humor
207
The Sound of Your Voice
231
Enjoyment Fear and Confidence
241
The Tyranny of the Final Product
253
A Writers Decisions
261
Writing Family History and Memoir
281
Write as Well as You Can
295

The Memoir
132
Science and Technology
147
Writing in Your Job
165
Sports
178
SOURCES
305
INDEX
311
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

William Zinsser is a writer, editor and teacher. He began his career on the New York Herald Tribune and has since written regularly for leading magazines. During the 1970s he was master of Branford College at Yale. His 17 books, ranging from baseball to music to American travel, include the influential Writing to Learn and Writing About Your Life. He teaches at the New School in New York.

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