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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (original 1976; udgave 1998)

af William Knowlton Zinsser

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
Forfattere:William Knowlton Zinsser
Info:Harperreference (1998), Edition: 6th, Paperback, 308 pages
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I first read this book over ten years ago and I still come back to it often. It's life-changing. The expression "it should be mandatory reading" is overused, but in this case I can't think of a better summary. I have been juggling government work and academic research for fifteen years now, and both of those environments can degrade your writing to the point of ridiculousness ("stakeholders", "has been found to be", etc). This book is a form of damage control; it helps me keep my writing minimally sane and comprehensible. Buy it, read it, apply it, re-read it, recommend it to your friends and coworkers, buy several copies and gift them to everyone you care about.

This is my favorite excerpt:

"…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 that carries the same meaning that’s already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure of who is doing what - these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the strength of a sentence. And they usually occur in proportion to education and rank." ( )
  marzagao | Jun 1, 2021 |
I've reviewed this book in full here: https://niklas.reviews/2021/04/29/on-writing-well/ ( )
  pivic | Apr 29, 2021 |
It is targeted at non-fiction writing, but Zinsser has a lot of tips that can readily apply to fiction writing as well. Easily a book of reference I could see myself returning to for a refresher course on the finer points of crafting stories. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
I read the book because it was recommended in a course about writing in the sciences. The book starts with hands-on writing advice, but then shifts gears and provides a general overview of the craft. Zinsser introduces various forms of non-fiction - travel, sports, business, to name a few - which I partly skipped. Since I was looking for a brief, but complete guide to improve my scientific writing, I'll get me a printed copy of "The Elements of Style" for future reference.

Although I liked the first two parts of the book, I am concerned about the way Zinsser writes about women and related topics. For example, citing a discriminating Trump quote, although placed in a the chapter about humor, is nowhere near funny. It is outright offensive. I don't understand why the author and editors weren't more mindful when editing the book four years ago. ( )
  readalicious | Jan 7, 2021 |
This is a classic that I have just discovered. The book was written many years ago, but has been updated.

It focuses on non-fiction writing and has lots of great guidelines plus great advice.

My favorite piece of advice was - if you are having difficulty with re-writing a sentence, try deleting it and see what the effect is.

The basic tenet of the book is that writing is re-writing. No one gets it right first time, so be prepared for re-writing and re-writing.

I know from personal experience that I can improve existing writing - but a blank page is hard to edit.

It has specialist sections on most popular types of non-fiction writing. I skipped a few that I don't write about e.g. Sport.

Highly recommend.

If you are interest in fiction writing check out Stephen Kings' (yes THE Stephen King) classic - On Writing. ( )
  Neale | Jan 5, 2021 |
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Not since "The Elements of Style" has there been a guide to writing as well presented and readable as this one. A love and respect for the language is evident on every page.
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"On Writing Well" is a bible for a generation of writers looking for clues to clean, compelling prose.
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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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