I finished reading the introduction and part one of “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser. Some people call it “the writers bible.” Check out the reply I got on Twitter:
LyzaJo said: @miltownkid I call that book the writers bible…if u want more writing books let me know!
The book has been entertaining so far and I’ve already learned a few things. I plan on writing a review like this for each section of the book.
Part 1: Principles
There are seven chapters:
- The Transaction
- The Audience
This is what I’ve taken away from the introduction and the above chapters fresh from reading them and in no particular order.
- Writing is hard work.
- Everyone has different problems with and methods for writing.
- Master the basics before trying to be all fancy.
- Read what you write out loud.
- Read high quality stuff that you aspire to be like.
- Rewrite the rewrite and rewrite it again. Then rewrite it one more time. No, probably two or three to be safe.
- Get rid of unneeded words.
- Know how to properly use words.
- Know the definitions of words.
- Own a thesaurus and use it.
- Read “The Elements of Style” at least once a year.
- Be yourself.
- You are your audience.
A part of me wants to add a lot more to the points above. Examples, analogies or thoughts, but I won’t. I’m going to leave them as they are (except for some rewrites 😉 ). The reason is, I wanted to write a “quick” post and move on to other parts of my life (more reading, getting food in my belly or relaxing).
I think it’s time to go eat.