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On Writing Well

William Zinsser

5 mins

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On Writing Well is your guide to becoming a great non-fiction writer. Learn the fundamental principles of writing and how to persuade readers and make a difference in their lives.

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On Writing Well

On Writing Well

by William Zinsser

Overview

If you write regularly, you'll probably be familiar with writer's block. There's nothing worse than that feeling of staring at your screen for hours on end — not knowing what to write, feeling paralyzed by perfectionism.

The trick is to stop fearing mistakes and embrace the power of intentional improvement. On Writing Well is bestselling author William Zinsser's guide to the secrets of writing well. At each step, writing provides opportunities to become better at it. Whether or not you're making errors, you're becoming a better writer with each sentence you write.

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Examine every word you put on paper. You'll find a surprising number that don't serve any purpose.

- William Zinsser

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