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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (urspr publ 1976; utgåvan 2016)

av William Zinsser (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
Författare:William Zinsser (Författare)
Info:Harper Perennial (2006), Edition: 30 Anv Rep, 336 pages
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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 |
I'm writing a math book, and after I published the first few chapters, someone offered to buy me a copy of this book. It's a nice gesture if you don't think very hard about it.

Anyway, on to the book. It's got some good points: write for yourself, ruthlessly trim prose, and decide on a consistent tone before getting started. That's it; now you don't need to buy this book as I did.

Zinsser goes on several tirades about the sanctity of language, about how he refuses to use any neologisms, and so too should you. The book suddenly begins to show its age; none of his examples were words I had ever considered to be problematic. Maybe "trek" was once contested, but finds itself safely ensconced in the language today.

The majority of "On Writing Well" is "how to write newspaper articles about topic X." Business, news, artistic reviews, you name it. I briefly skimmed over the science section, thinking it might be helpful in my pursuits. It wasn't. Zinsser takes the viewpoint that science is scary, audiences don't care, and so a writer must do ones best to handhold the reader along. Science reporting at its finest.

In conclusion, I learned a few things, but it wasn't worth my $14. Guess I should have let that guy buy it for me instead. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
If everyone read just the first section of this book, email would be tolerable to read. ( )
  helenar238 | Oct 31, 2020 |
When I was in high school, I asked an English teacher to critique my writing. This was a big mistake. She did a great job offering feedback but I was not mature enough to receive it. As a result, the experience turned me off to writing. I struggle to write well but I continue to try and I have come to enjoy the writing experience. In an effort to improve my writing, I picked up On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser. After reading it, I would concur that this book will help you write better. Read more ( )
  skrabut | Sep 2, 2020 |
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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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