Any writer worth their salt has read this book. It was written by William Zinsser, who died today at the age of 92 ~ what a good, long life!
I read his phenomenal best-seller, “On Writing Well”, years ago. In fact, I checked it out of the library repeatedly for years. Why I never bought a copy of my own is a mystery.
His greatest lessons?
Don’t use jargon or unnecessarily large words.
Choose descriptive words.
At his urging, I’ve been trying to stop using the words “very” and “really.” I mean, c’mon. There are so many better words, right?
He was a brilliant man and an exceptional writer whose words helped others find their own. I’m still learning from him. I’m proud that my copy has dog-eared pages and notes scribbled in the margins.
Thank you, Mr. Zinsser.