On Writing Well : An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction
The classic works on the art of nonfiction writing are now in a complete package for your listening pleasure.
This expanded CD collection presents William Zinsser's On Writing Well, the classic teaching book that has sold more than 1 million copies, together with a new 90-minute section that tells you how to write a memoir.
Based on a course that Zinsser taught at Yal...more
Clutter. Clutter is the disease of writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon. Our tendency is to inflate and thereby sound important. But the secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb which carries the same meaning that is already in the verb, every passive cons ...more
The best part of On Writing Well focuses on“trimming the fat in the sentences you write. 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 tru ...more
Zinsser illustrates many of his points through the use of personal anecdotes and examples culled from writers of different disciplin ...more
After reading Pragmatism by the American philosopher William James, I’ve realized that some American qualities cut deep. We are a people who love action and despise abstract argument. We like to see efficiency and real-world results. We set ourselves a goal and ...more
Books on writing can be intimidating but this books is charming and makes me want to read more and more. This book is written "well" by a man who knows how to "Write Well."
It is by no means a compliment to tell Zinser that anybody can write and we all can take up writing on the side. No. Writing is a craft rather than an art and we have to work at it. Our writing should be simple and clutter-free. Clear thinking becomes clear writing. Therefore, to write is always to rewrite over and over and o ...more
When did I read it? Well, I would have to think back and I can figure it out but it will take a while and I would rather be reading than go down that particular "memory lane."
Five stars indicates what I thought of this book and glad to know that it's contents are still valid today.
My desire, as I write my novel, is to write with simple, clear, effective prose. I once told a friend that "I try to write lightly and cleanly, expressing the things I want to say in few and pastel-colored words, but I do try to move the reader as well, and add in little things that make it come alive."
William Zinsser's On Writing Well was a healthy dose of affirmation and ...more
Если бы мне нужно было рассказать о книге в одном предложении, я бы сказала, что это ин ...more
Second only to The Elements of Style, this is the best book ever written for writers. In many ways, it's better than Strunk and White, which tends to focus on grammar and the actual mechanics of writing as opposed to how a writer should think and approach things. The book focuses on nonfiction, but many (if not most) of the principles apply equally to any style of writing. Even chapters on things like how to do an interview offer valuable insights into what you're lookin ...more
If someone is going to presume to teach us to write, I think we can all agree that he’d better be pretty darn good at it himself. And in On Writing Well, we’re treated to that kind of a teacher—Zinsser clearly practices, and so we settle down into our pews and let him preach. His writing seems as if it just came gliding out of his pen—effortless and conversational, full of unselfconscious grace and sparkling with wry wit—but lest we stand too much in awe ...more
Witty, concise, and informative, the first two parts on "Principles" and "Methods" are brilliant. These parts, however, constitute 30% of the book. The rest of the book - that is, 70% - is uneven and can be skipped without missing out on anything important.
The only chapters I found worth reading are those on "Science and Technology," "Business Writing," and "Writing About Arts," all of which are in Part III. Other than these, none of the chapters say anything that hasn' ...more
"I'm not saying that fiction is dead. Obviously the novelist can take us into places where no other writer can go: into the deep emotions of interior life. What I'm saying is that I have no patience with the snobbery that ...more
The book is divided into four parts...
1. The Principles of Writing: If you can m ...more
Zissner doesn't waste time with schmaltzy examples of how to formulate plots and manufacture characters, but instead focuses on clarity, grammar, story structure and how to ho ...more
writing is hard work a clear sentence is no accident . Words are the only tools you have got learn to use them with originality and care . Writing is related to character if your values are sound ,your writing will be sound .
In brief, I learned a lot of useful advice from writer know how to write well
Однако, эта книга – для американцев. Американском ...more