- Taschenbuch: 308 Seiten
- Verlag: HarperCollins; Auflage: 6th edition (April 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062735233
- ISBN-13: 978-0965647632
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 14 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 32 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 309.622 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (Englisch) Taschenbuch – April 1998
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Warns against common errors in structure, style, and diction, and explains the fundamentals of conducting interviews and writing travel, scientific, sports, critical, and humorous articles.
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.
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.-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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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.
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!
I liked most the ``adjectives are unnecessary'' and ``adverbs are unnecessary'' tips :-)
The first of four parts, Principles, discusses matters such as word choice and style, especially simplicity. Part two is Methods. It cites examples of good writing, and discusses the various attributes of those pieces, including an invaluable short section on grammar. The third part, Forms, includes details on how to write for specific genres. And the final part, Attitudes, addresses what I consider the writer's most valuable thing: his view of his craft.
In the first part, the author explains that the principles that make a great writer can be learned. He shows that revising does not become unnecessary, even as one progresses in the craft. The chapter includes two pages of a heavily written manuscript written by Zinsser himself. The author discourages the use of jargon, arguing that it cheapens your style. Instead, clearness and simplicity are what you should strive for.
In part two, Zinsser discusses the various methods of good writing. He first emphasizes unity, and then moves to what I consider the most useful section of the book-a chapter titled "Bits and Pieces." As its name suggests, this chapter comprises all the miscellaneous writing errors noticed by the author. And instead of using "25 columns of type" as Fowler does in his Modern English Usage, Zinsser explains the difference between that and which in a single page. Each section in "Bits and Pieces" is short, but that makes the chapter more useful because it doesn't take too long to read.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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.
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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 1 Monat 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 6 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.Vor 16 Monaten von Ulrich Lang veröffentlicht
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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
....and fun to read, for Zinsser practices what he teaches others to do: write clearly and with vigor. Versatile and indispensable.Veröffentlicht am 1. Juni 2000 von Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA