- Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: 30th Anniversary ed. (5. April 2016)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9780060891541
- ISBN-13: 978-0060891541
- ASIN: 0060891548
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2,1 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 34 Kundenrezensionen
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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. April 2016
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
William Zinsser is a writer, editor and teacher. He began his career on the New York Herald Tribune and has since written regularly for leading magazines. During the 1970s he was master of Branford College at Yale. His 17 books, ranging from baseball to music to American travel, include the influential Writing to Learn and Writing About Your Life. He teaches at the New School in New York.
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On Writing Well is split into four parts. The first, Principles, deals with the mechanics of writing. Zinsser is insistent that you strip the clutter from your writing. Part two is Methods, advising consistency of tone and tense, and the importance of strong beginnings and endings. Part three looks in detail at types of writing (humour, memoir, science, business etc.). The final part looks at attitudes, how we approach our writing and our unique writing.
Zinsser says: "My commodity as a writer, whatever I'm writing, is me. And your commodity is you."
Probably the best advice from Zinsser was about rewriting until the piece is as good as you can get it. I wrote the first draft of this review by hand, to force at least one rewrite as I typed it up. What you're reading now is the fourth draft, and it's much better than the first was. This is an excellent book I think everyone can learn from.
Zinsser gives extremely practical advice about writing, in a very flowing and interesting style. One important thing he stresses is that to write well, one has to *work at it*. I was used to sitting down and expecting the words just to flow. Now when I write, I take the time to use the principles Zinsser outlines. This is one of those books that I have highlighted nearly every line in. The whole book is very useful for the professional and novice writer. I don't think I would ever be without it. The interview section was particularly helpful when I needed to do one for a church newsletter. There should be something for everyone who wants to write about places, sports, science, business, or memoirs (there is a chapter on each).
This book will be of particular help to me when I go to graduate school next year. Then I will especially need to be able to organize my thoughts and write in a clear and concise manner. Overall I cannot stop stressing how important this book has been in improving my writing style.
Even the part on "simplicity" is well worth the money.
Make it simpler - cut it down. It'll still convey your message. And Zessner
is so right about it...
Zessner goes on as he begins: precise, interesting and with many
convincing samples. Good read!
Zinsser's writing style is very fluid, easy to understand, and comes across as one writer to another. He describes the common pitfalls writers go through and provides simple, effective ways to overcome those mistakes.
Whenever I start working as a full-time journalist, this book will go on my desk right along with the AP Stylebook and other bibles of journalism.
Once in a rare while, I come across writing that is so well done that I just sit and read to enjoy the mastery. This is one of those cases.
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