A Good Writing Book

Writing books tend to be annoying. They usually take one of two forms 1) a rah-rah you can do it cheerleading session or 2) here’s how you can totally sell out but make lots of money by doing boring writing you have no interest in but pays the bills.

I’ve read and written enough to know I don’t like either approach or advice. I finished reading On Writing Well by William Zinsser, and I must say, it’s one of the best books on writing I’ve read. It is considered a classic and I can see why.

He takes a very straightforward approach, keeping focused on the craft of writing. He explains style, voice, word usage, clarity and all kinds of good things. He even covers how to use “that” and “which,” two words THAT I have trouble using. I recommend it highly for anyone who wants to improve their writing of books, articles or emails.

2 thoughts on “A Good Writing Book”

  1. I have recently read Zinsser’s book “Writing to Learn” and it was the best book I had read in a long time. Stellar!

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