On Writing Well

The Classic Guide To Writing Nonfiction

Ranked #3 in Writing, Ranked #5 in Academic Writingsee more rankings.

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. With more than a million copies... more

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Tim O'Reilly Founder/O'Reilly MediaOn Writing Well, by William Zinsser. 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)

Mark Manson Founder/MarkManson.netI read a bunch of books on writing before I wrote my first book and the two that stuck with me were Stephen King’s book and “On Writing Well” by Zinsser (which is a bit on the technical side). (Source)

Derek Sivers Great blunt advice about writing better non-fiction. So inspiring. (Source)

Jennifer Rock If you are interested in writing and communication, start with reading and understanding the technical aspects of the craft: The Elements of Style. On Writing Well. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. (Source)

Raul Pachecovega William Zinsser is SPECTACULAR and if you need to read ONE book on "writing as an art, science, and love of the words", that's his "On Writing Well" https://t.co/1MDxRdVaqB (Source)

Timur Badretdinov As for writing, there are writing fiction and writing non-fiction. I was surprised that most of the books about writing are all about writing fiction. Another thing that strikes me that all these books contain the same information. Anyway, I’d recommend reading the classics — On Writing Well by William Zinsser. (Source)

Pat Walls Read this if you want to become a better writer. (Source)

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