Book Review: On Writing Well by William Zinsser | #SmartReads

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TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
May 22, 2017

“Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”
– E.B. White

“Writing is the geometry of the soul.”
– Plato

In On Writing WellThe Classic Guide To Nonfiction, William Zinsser writes an easy-to-follow no-nonsense approach into the core essentials of writing.

Providing a smattering of meticulous examples, On Writing Well does a lucid job of clearing up some of the confusion writers might have about style, methods, leads, endings, et al., while setting the foundation for a stronger individual repertoire.

In fact, regarding this, Zinsser speaks about the importance of everyone to have good writing skills given today’s newfound environment where a lot of communication takes place through the emails, the internet and so on.  This is crucial since most of us employ the tool of writing in a daily fashion.  Zinsser urges individuals to seek to sharpen their skill set in order to become better communicators simply by employing tenets  in this book.

As hinted to before, Zinsser also make incisive use of many salient examples throughout the book by breaking them down and suggesting some writing tips in cogent fashion.  Within these examples the author covers people, places, science and technology, writing within a job, writing about sports, and more.

Broken down into four parts, the book covers [1] Principles, where notions such as clutter and style are covered, [2] Methods, where leads and endings are covered, [3] Forms, where various forms of nonfiction are explored at length and [4] Attitudes within writing, which is self explanatory.  All parts offer ample insights, many of which would be useful to nigh all individuals nowadays, especially if you have to write anything on a daily basis, whether it is emails, memos, etc. and are new to writing.

To accomplish sound things in life, one needs an ironclad scaffolding upon which to set oneself in.  Writing well is no different.  The insights provided by this book will help those that employ them. Couple the tenets in this book with those of those within The Elements of Style, and one has the recipe for success.  Both have helped me quite a bit, as I hope they help you.

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Book Review: The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers by Frank L. Cioffi

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Zy Marquiez
December 7, 2016

This book is absolute dynamite.

The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers by Frank L. Cioffi is an unprecedented venture into boundless possibilities that lie on the other side of conformity for writers.

Cioffi stacks the book to the hilt with a vast amount of practical, thoughtful, yet incisive information that allows individuals to see the multitude of possibilities available in argumentation, while still leaving the reader with the versatility to focus and employ their own style in their writing repertoire.

Sourcing authors such as Orwell, Goffman, Benedict, Updike, James, Nabovok and more, the author helps the reader analyze them and view their notable writing idiosyncrasies for the strengths they were, also showing the vast range these writers employed.

The Imaginative Argument is an outside the box, or better yet, a NO-box, type of book that sets depth charges to foundations of traditionalism and strives for something imaginative, something greater, something more meaningful.

Cioffi’s skill in this book is a mixture of equal parts mad scientist and academician that employs mathematical precision merged with the range of an artist who employs the universe as its canvas.  A true perfect fusion of the left and right brain to boot.

That is very, very rare in any type of book, as usually books gravitate towards either taking a polarizing approach either being mechanical, or overly imaginative.  This is one reason why the book appeals to me.

Covered within the confines of this book are all of the major parts of constructing an essay: a solid foundational introduction, a consideration of the audience which is focused on quite a bit throughout the book, a foray into the writing process, a focus on the thesis, arguments, style, and much more.

Even provided at the end of the book are additional sample essays and writing prompts which serve to further one’s practice.

In its totality this book offers a lot of ideas for consideration in respects to writing.  Cioffi’s unique and no-holds bared approach serves to engage the reader quite saliently, also providing a veritable mixture of do’s and don’ts that are not only practical but useful.

Cioffi created an absolute masterpiece in the field of creative argumentation, and for that he should be applauded at length.