William Knowlton Zinsser October 7, — May 12, was an American writer, editor, literary critic , and teacher. He began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune , where he worked as a feature writer, drama editor, film critic and editorial writer.
He was a longtime contributor to leading magazines. He married Carolyn Fraser Zinsser, with whom he had two children, including John Zinsser , a prominent painter. The Zinssers lived in Manhattan and in Niantic, Connecticut. McCloy ;  Zinsser wrote, "So it happened that the two men who collaborated most closely on the creation of the new Germany were Zinsser relatives. Zinsser taught writing at Yale University , where he was the fifth master of Branford College — The American Scholar ran William Zinsser's weekly web posting, "Zinsser on Friday," featuring his short essays on writing, the arts, and popular culture.
Use its energy to keep yourself going. Writing is learned by imitation… I learned by reading the men and women who were doing the kind of writing I wanted to do and trying to figure out how they did it. But in fact they hear what they are reading far more than you realize. If all your sentences move at the same plodding gait… read them aloud.
I write entirely by ear and read everything aloud before letting it go out into the world. Not two thoughts, or five — just one. Good writing is lean and confident. Your only contest is with yourself. That idea is hard to accept. Your job is to present the colorful fact. If you follow your affections you will write well and will engage your readers. Writing is thinking on paper. Anyone who thinks clearly can write clearly, about anything at all.
Actually, a simple style is the result of hard work and hard thinking; a muddled style reflects a muddled thinker or a person too arrogant, or dumb, or too lazy to organize his thoughts. Figure out what you want to do and how you want to do it, and work your way with humanity and integrity to the completed article.
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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, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher.
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wizardry, is still writing-based. On Writing Well is a craft book, and its principles haven’t changed since it was written 30 years ago. I don’t know what still newer marvels will make writing twice as easy in the next 30 years. But I do . On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition by William Zinsser We'd love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase.