Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past by William ZinsserAn ingeniously constructed teaching memoir from the author of the bestselling On Writing Well -- You learn without knowing it. (Frank McCourt, author of Angelas Ashes)
Written with elegance, warmth, and humor, this highly original teaching memoir by William Zinsser--renowned bestselling author of On Writing Well gives you the tools to organize and recover your past, and the confidence to believe in your life narrative. His method is to take you on a memoir of his own: 13 chapters in which he recalls dramatic, amusing, and often surprising moments in his long and varied life as a writer, editor, teacher, and traveler. Along the way, Zinsser pauses to explain the technical decisions he made as he wrote about his life. They are the same decisions youll have to make as you write about your own life: matters of selection, condensation, focus, attitude, voice, and tone.
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This is writing, about writing, for writers, by a captain of the craft. This is writing at its best, and when you learn that Zinsser passed away just recently, aged 92, it feels oddly like losing the contact details of someone you were just getting to know. Read it for the thrill of meeting a master at his craft. But it will take time and effort a nd you will make mistakes. You will find it easier to persevere with and enjoy and your energy will come across in your writing. He is also going broke. Seek other writers, teachers and editors.
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There are so many books on writing today, that it becomes hard sometimes to imagine that there were actually the pioneers of writer style guides in the early 20th. However, the books that showed to decades of writers how and what to write, are still used in many colleges as the examples of the best studying material on writing possible. Maybe those teachers are just lazy to change the book list, or these books can be still useful and full of essential materials on writing. We are talking, of course, about William Strunk and William Zinsser , who in different type created the unbreakable duo that is still considered to be perfect. The many wonders of comma?