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On writing well : an informal guide to writing nonfiction

Author: William Knowlton Zinsser
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins College Publishers, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 5th ed., rev. & updatedView all editions and formats
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This is a book for people who want to learn to write. It's also a book for people in every kind of job who have to do some writing just to get through the day ... Writing isn't a skill that some people are born with and others aren't, like a gift for art or music. Writing is thinking on paper, or talking to someone on paper ... This book grew out of a course in nonfiction writing that [the author] taught at Yale ...  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Knowlton Zinsser
ISBN: 0673993086 9780673993083
OCLC Number: 32050657
Description: ix, 300 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Principles: Transaction; Simplicity; Clutter; Style; Audience; Words; Usage; Unity --
Forms and methods: Nonfiction as literature; Writing about people, the interview; Writing about places, the travel article; Writing about yourself, the memoir; Bits & pieces; The lead and the ending; Science and technology; Business writing, writing in your job; Rewriting and word processing; Sports; Criticism; Humor; Writer's decisions, organizing a long article; Write as well as you can.
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This is a book for people who want to learn to write. It's also a book for people in every kind of job who have to do some writing just to get through the day ... Writing isn't a skill that some people are born with and others aren't, like a gift for art or music. Writing is thinking on paper, or talking to someone on paper ... This book grew out of a course in nonfiction writing that [the author] taught at Yale ... [He] wanted to try to help college students to write about the world they were living in ... [His] purpose in [the book] is not to teach good nonfiction, or good journalism, but to teach good English that can be put to those uses, or to any uses.-Introd.

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