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On Writing Well 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction Paperback – Apr 20 2006


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (April 20 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060891548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060891541
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Zinsser is a writer, editor and teacher. He began his career with the New York Herald Tribune and has been a longtime contributor to leading magazines. His 17 books include Writing to Learn; Mitchell & Ruff; Spring Training; American Places; Easy to Remember: The Great American Songwriters and Their Songs; and most recently Writing About Your Life. During the 1970s he taught writing at Yale, where he was master of Branford College. He now teaches at the New School, in New York, his hometown, and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SlowCooker Uncle Ben TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 8 2010
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As noted by other reviewers, the book lacks a lot on instructions but deserves considerable merit for its illustrative content.

The book contains many excerpts from known and respected authors. While these examples are good and can put you in the 'write' frame of mind, I was expecting more, much more, in terms of intructionnal content and format,perhaps somethink like "Keys to Great Writing" by Stephen Wilbers.

For those of you who are looking for instructions per se, "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk and E.B. White; and "Keys to Great Writing" are much better choices,in my view.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Amelia on Nov. 14 2014
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I bought this book for one chapter - writing about one's family. But after reading that I flipped back to the beginning and enjoyed the entire book. Zinsser expresses his thoughts clearly and his examples are entertaining. There are many books about writing, but this deserves space in your reading list and book shelf!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Faiz deBeer on Jan. 7 2014
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It is less of a manual and more of an inspirational guide with examples of writers trying to find their way to and through a subject. The style is very readable and makes the idea of writing a memoir or tackling any subject more accessible to all of us who feel we have a story to tell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By glennnlau on Dec 16 2013
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I was never really interested in language or writing. I thought of it as a utility. I picked it up because I saw it recommended by John Gruber on the dairingfireball, and man I am glad I did.

The title of the book describes it perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen Piche on April 1 2013
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I read this book two decades ago and was moved to keep the unnecessary words out of my writing, I've read it again and got even more fluff out of my stuff. Could have done without the extra chapters, but for the specialists it should be helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vera Carter on Jan. 11 2015
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Zinsser leads you through his thought process in achieving simplicity, clarity and humanity while expressing your own voice, your own writing style. His dry humor makes this an enjoyable read for every aspiring non-fiction writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.G. Kaye on Aug. 12 2013
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Beautiful and eloquently written by Zinsser. His descriptions are largely based on his own writings and experiences. An informative read for non fiction writers in particular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lee on Dec 1 2014
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Amazing read. Very inspirational. Good solid tome, full of sage advice from an experienced, accomplished writer. Lots of examples, clearly explained.
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