On Writing Well

February 21, 2016

Reading William Zinsser’s classic tome, On Writing Well is like travelling with a beloved mentor. Every page summarizes important lessons in a conversational tone. My favourite chapter is the one that outlines all the principals of good writing.

Unity is the anchor of good writing. It not only keeps the reader from straggling off in all directions; it satisfies the readers’ subconscious need for order and gives reassurance that all is well at the helm.”

Zinsser than outlines all the possible choices a writer makes, including pronoun (first, second or third), tense, mood and the crucial points to be covered in a story using specific, often funny, examples.

Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction. New York: Harper and Row, 1976. ISBN 0-06-272027-9


On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition Book Cover On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition
William Zinsser
Harper Collins
May 9, 2006

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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