On Writting Well by William Zinsser

Posted by Matthias Günther
  • p 9: "If you find writing is hard , because it's hard"
  • p 12: "Fighting clutter is like fighting weeds"
  • p 24: "You are writing for yourself. Don't try to visualize the great mass audience"
  • p 35: "Readers hear what they are hearing"
  • p 52: "Think small => decide what comes of your subject you're going to bite off; be content to core, write it well and then stop"
  • p 55: readers want to know, what is in for them => write a good lead
  • p 63: know when to stop an article
  • p 64: "The perfect end should be for the readers slightly a surprise and yet seems exactly right."
  • p 65: the end should be remind to the begin
  • p 73: mood => to change the mood before the start of the previous section
  • p 73: stop using but and never start a sentence with 'however'
  • p 74: no using of I'd because it my stand for I would or I had
  • p 79: "Just delete ugly looking sentences and don't try to fix them because it's often faster to rewrite them"
  • p 83: "Rewriting is the essence of writing well"
  • p 84: writing is an evolving process
  • p 104: "How to write nonfiction"
  • p 107: when you should use a tape recorder
  • p 110: "Never let go anything out into the world that you don't understand"
  • p 128: "Distill the important from the immaterial"
  • p 131: "Don't use wax when you are describing sacred or meaningful places"
  • p 134: tips for writing memoirs => write about yourself by all means with confidence and pleasure
  • p 146: "Give yourself permission to write about yourself and have a good time doing it"
  • p 147: "Writing is thinking on paper"
  • p 148: describing how a process works is valuable for two reasons
    • it forces you to make sure you know how it works
    • take the readers through the same sequence of ideas and deductions that made the process clear to you
  • p 156: "Always start with to much material. Then give your reader just enough"
  • way of academic writing: question => answer (with this little form you can write well structured documents)