- 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: 33 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 696 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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.
As editor of two weekly newspapers, I keep a copy of 'On Writing Well' at my office and require that new writers read it and buy their own copy. It doesn't take much prompting.
The text covers virtually all aspects of good, strong journalsim in an easy-to-understand format. From humor -- the toughest form of writing in a serious news format -- to hard news, Zinsser's often-reprinted work is a must.
Although geared toward non-fiction, the book covers creative writing and developing a 'style' well. Too many writers try for style before they find substance. Zinsser clearly explains why that's a bad idea.
Forget all the 'best of' books and buy this one. There's more useful information in each chapter of 'On Writing Well' than in entire volumes of many other like books.
After 11 years in the business, a copy of the book remains in the smallest room in my house. I've probably read it over 100 times and each read turns up something fresh in the text, helping to improve my own skills.
'On Writing Well' should be part of college courses along with the Associated Press Style Book. I reference it almost as often.
If writers want to improve, or those who want to be writers want to know how to break into the business, this is the book.
John Lowman, Editor Texas Press Association
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It's a great little book – quite inspiring and a fluent read. Zinsser illuminates the craft from various angles – three of the many chapters are called "Unity", "The... Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 10 Monaten von Plymouth P. Wiley veröffentlicht
Item as described. A pleasure to read, albeit a couple of the topics (e.g., writing for Sports) don't appeal to me. But this is personal preference.Vor 15 Monaten von Nikolaos Kavvadias veröffentlicht
All you need for writing non- fiction. Crisp, clear, helpful, competent, Good examples. Best: His commitment to simplicity and brevity.Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2015 von Ulrich Lang
Very concise, practical, with lot of tips and specific rules of thumbs. Covers general principles of making your text punchier plus recommendations for specific fields (biography,... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 9. Dezember 2014 von GB
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This is a very good book. Nice sentences and practical tips in it, a nice supplement to "The elements of style"Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2014 von Zhiling
the books explains how we can become better in writing, and structuring our thoughts. very nice even for purposes such as blogging.Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2013 von Patrick Mulder
This book is phenomenal. I write for a living and make it my business to read as much as I can about writing in order to refine my skills. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 5. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht