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On Writing Well

The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

William Zinsser

Transform your writing skills with the guidance of a distinguished writer and teacher. On Writing Well offers fundamental principles and insights for writing about any topic, from people and places to science and technology, business, sports, the arts, and even your own life in modern memoirs. With over a million copies sold, this timeless resource has helped countless writers improve their craft and get through the daily demands of e-mail and internet communication. Join the ranks of successful writers and pick up a copy of On Writing Well today.
Publish Date
first published in 1976
Goodreads Rating
I wouldn't say this book influenced me, since my principles of writing were established long before I read it. However, it does capture many things that I believe about effective writing.      source
I have read this book more than a dozen times, more often for thinking than for writing.      source
If you consider programming to be a subset of writing, and I certainly do, then you would also do well to read Elements of Style and On Writing Well. I’ve found reading those made me a better programmer as well.      source
Great blunt advice about writing better non-fiction. So inspiring.      source
I love reading about writers and the process of writing.      source
Zinsser's book should be kept in your bookshelf as a refreshing refresher (forgive the cacophony and repetition) - we should come back to it      source