On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction

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Harper & Row, 1985 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 246 pages
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On Writing Well, which grew out of a course that William Zinsser taught at Yale, has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity, and for the warmth of its style. It is a book for anybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does. 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 both fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished practitioner. How to Write a Memoir tells you how to write the story of your life. Everyone has a story - whether you're a professional writer or just want to validate your personal and family reminiscences, William Zinsser explains how to do it, and do it well.

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Very easy to read advice on writing. - Goodreads
Reading a book on writing sounds boring. - Goodreads
Easy to read; great explanations. - Goodreads
Good reference for writing project soon. - Goodreads
It gives solid advice on writing clear, concise prose. - Goodreads
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Review: On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

User Review  - Yaman Maarrawi - Goodreads

On Writing Well is excellent. This book is a must-read for all writers and writers to-be -- at least once a year. It elaborates on all traps that most writers fall in - from cliches to long words to ... Read full review

Review: On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

There are many great tips, but it's a little long-winded at times. Read full review


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Zinsser is a writer, editor and teacher. He began his career with the New York Herald Tribune and has long been a free-lance writer for leading magazines. He now teaches at the New School in New York City.

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