• on writing well

    William Zinsser Taught Me One Important Lesson About Writing

    It’s easy to be a lazy writer. Which is scary. I fall into habits, ruts, and techniques that feel comfortable and, after a while, it doesn’t feel wrong. It feels normal and right to put words on a page and never look at them again, thinking it’s good to go. It’s not, of course. After reading “On Writing Well,” by William Zinsser, I learned quite a lot, but perhaps the most important lesson was taking the craft very seriously. Zinsser is a stickler. Throughout his book, he makes that perfectly clear. He painstakingly pours himself over grammar, syntax, rhythm, meter, and every element of good writing. For Zinsser, if you aren’t…