📖On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Zinsser, William
  • p.5 “Utimately the product that any writer has to sell is not the subject being written about, but who he or she is.”
  • p.9 “If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard.”
  • p.21 use I
  • p.22 “Writing is an act of ego, and you might as well admit it. Use its energy to keep yourself going.”
  • p.24 you are writing for yourself. put in whatever you like and don’t try to imagine mass audience
  • p.25 ^ This only concerns the larger issue of what you’re trying to say and whether the reader likes you. There is still no excuse for losing readers through sloppy workmanship
  • p.25 mechanical vs creative act
  • p.25 “Never say anything in writing that you wouldn’t comfortably say in conversation.”
  • p.41 “I think a sentence is a fine thing to put a preposition at the end of.”
  • p.52 your writing should leave the reader with one provocative thought
  • p.91 “there is no subject you don’t have permission to write about”


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