On writing well by william zinsser

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Believe in your own identity and your own opinions. The only way to learn to write is to force yourself to produce a certain number of words on a regular basis. I should temper my criticisms. Remember where you left the reader in the last sentence.

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I have no problem with this kind of writing-style—my mother is a journalist. At its best, non-fiction writing is more than chuckles and trivia—it can be just as profound as the best novel or poem. Use its energy to keep yourself going. Keep it simple. Get their voice and their taster into your ear — their attitude toward language. Be Concise. When you write up the interview: Lead: Who is the interviewee and why should the reader care? Believe in your own identity and your own opinions.

The writing should feel personal, energetic, specific, and concrete. Who am I writing for?

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Build suspense for the next sentence. Writing is related to character. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Good usage is using words if they already exist — as they almost always do — to express clearly and simply. Readers read with their eyes. The best writers write, every single day A professional writer must establish a daily schedule and stick to it. Unity of tense: Most people mainly write in the past tense, but some people write agreeably in the present. Writing is learned by imitation. For the nonfiction writer, if you have presented all the facts and made the point you want to make, look for the nearest exit. Clear thinking becomes clear writing. But in fact, they hear what they are reading far more than you realise.

When you write up the interview: Lead: Who is the interviewee and why should the reader care? Or, conversely, how much harder it is if they must wait until the end to realize that you have shifted. It announces total contrast with what has gone before, and the reader is thereby primed for the change.

Verbs: Use active verbs over passive verbs. Use its energy to keep yourself going. Seek other writers, teachers and editors.

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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser