In this book, King discusses how he came to be the writer we know today. He also includes a toolkit packed with tips for beginners and a reading list with a few of his own favorites. Written in his signature style, this witty read will keep you entertained — and soaking up some great ideas. In this work, she shares herself and her craft with readers, including anecdotes that tie the pieces together into all-around great writing.
There was a problem adding your email address. Part memoir, part handbook, this latest salvo in Zinsser's campaign for clear writing was inspired--he states in his Preface--by the trend in American colleges for including writing as an integral part of all disciplines: And therein lies the appeal for Zinsser, who explains how, in prep school, he dropped out of chemistry class, unable to penetrate the ""icon"" of the Periodic Table.
Can even ultrasymbolic chemistry be written about in a way that unveils its mysteries? Before we find out, Zinsser offers a light rundown on his own toiling in the trenches of pedagogical writting--time spent as editor of the Yale Alumni Magazine; a visit to a Minnesota college spearheading the ""writing across the curriculum"" trend--and a list of ""crotchets and convictions,"" concise writing advice e.
Then, the book's heart: A separate chapter on math highlights writings by students at a Friends School one tackles the problem of finding a number that has 13 factors by writing a story treating the problem as hard-boiled mystery.
And then there's chemistry, which, too, succumbs to writing's charms as Zinsser quotes Primo Levi ""There are friendly metals and hostile metals. Zinsser winds up with a look at music writing: Alec Wilder's, Virgil Thomson's, and his own. An elegant exposition of the thesis that to write is to learn, but also an excellent guidebook for nonfiction writers:How to Write a Memoir As we leave behind, you may be reminiscing on the year, getting nostalgic for all you’ve done both during and your life as a whole.
Perhaps that nostalgia has driven you to write a memoir. William Zinsser.
From Wikiquote. Jump to navigation Jump to search. or if you can talk to someone about the things you know and care about, you can write - with confidence and enjoyment. Introduction, p.
vii. The Memoir, p. Memoir is the art of inventing the truth. Chapter 12, Writing About Yourself: The Memoir, p. Good writing. Thank you for including this tribute to William Zinsser’s classic book. He is my hero, and as far as I can tell, may be the most influential figure in pushing the current craze for writing memoir .
As Zinsser points out, “To write a good memoir you must become the editor of your own life, imposing a narrative shape.
Memoir is the art of inventing the truth.” Many writers trap themselves into literary straitjackets; it doesn’t even occur to some of us that we can write . This expanded audio collection presents William Zinsser's On Writing Well, the classic teaching book that has sold more than 1 million copies, together with a new minute section that tells you how to write a vetconnexx.coms: 2.
"If your sister has a problem with your memoir, she can write her own memoir, and it will be just as valid as yours; nobody has a monopoly on the shared past." Zinsser adds that as a courtesy you may want to show your autobiography to key people in your life before you publish it.