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Good Advice on Writing: Writers Past and Present on How to Write Well

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Writers over the decades speak out on the art (and task) of writing, as collected by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times language columnist William Safire and Leonard Safir. A feast for wordsmiths and a must-have handbook for writers of all stripes.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 31st 1992 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1982)
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Douglas Wilson
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wordsmithing
A collection of quotations on writing by all sorts of writers. Some very good thoughts here. Read a second time in November of 2017.
Tommy Kiedis
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-writing
I bought Good Advice on Writing for $1 at a used book store. While the investment may not be akin to buying Coca-Cola in 1919, the return on my dollar has been enormous:

1. Concise lessons from the masters.
2. Aphorisms, maxims, formulas (and formulas debunked)
3. Having the best get in my face: "The craft is, in the end, hard, grueling, and worthwhile. Do it."
4. Expert advice that is at times contrary and complementary -- this is no one way.

Worth reading and re-reading.
Jaime Contreras
This is a handy reference book for the public speaker. I have frequently used it for levity and presence. There are some lesser none quotations here that are quite good.
Doug Page
Avoid commas, that are not necessary. - William Safire
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William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist and presidential speechwriter.

He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and a regular contributor to "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics.
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