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
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It gives solid advice on writing clear, concise prose. - Goodreads
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Two months ago I would have told you 'I write in plain english' and 'my writing is clutter free'. On Writing Well taught me I have some work to do on my writing. Reading it has encouraged me to ... Read full review

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Contents

The Transaction
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Nonfiction as the
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20 Writingand Rewriting
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Copyright

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About the author (1985)

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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