William Zinsser, born 7 October 1922, is an American writer, editor, literary critic, and teacher. He is best known for the book, On Writing Well.
10 quotes on writing:
- Writing is a craft not an art.
- You learn to write by writing.
- Clear thinking becomes clear writing; one can’t exist without the other.
- Rewriting is the essence of writing well: it’s where the game is won or lost.
- Writers must constantly ask: what am I trying to say? Surprisingly often, they don’t know.
- Examine every word you put on paper. You’ll find a surprising number that don’t serve any purpose.
- Nothing has replaced the writer. He or she is still stuck with the same old job of saying something that other people will want to read.
- The reader will notice if you are putting on airs. Readers want the person who is talking to them to sound genuine. Therefore a fundamental rule is: be yourself.
- Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.
- Many people assume that professional writers don’t need to rewrite; the words just fall in place. On the contrary, careful writers can’t stop fiddling.