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On Writing Well

The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

William Zinsser

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, b...
Publish Date
2006
May 9
First Published in 1976
Goodreads rating
4.26
ISBN
9780060006648
Recommendations
5
Recommendations
Jun 21, 2009
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
Aug 01, 2015
Great blunt advice about writing better non-fiction. So inspiring.     source
I love reading about writers and the process of writing.     source