I’m recommending William Zinsser’s On Writing Well, and the funny thing is, it’s not actually about fiction writing. But it is the best book I’ve ever read on the topic of writing clearly and directly, something fiction writers need to do just as well as nonfiction writers. Too often I find my first-draft prose unwieldy, convoluted, flabby, trying too hard to sound impressive when I should just be telling the reader what I want to say.
Fortunately, it’s terribly satisfying to identify and snip out all that sloppy language, with Zinsser’s lessons as your guide! Long after you’ve read it, this book stays with you, like a helpful guide looking over your shoulder, showing you words you can omit. On Writing Well is a warm, friendly and utterly indispensable friend to any writer looking to dig stronger stories out of the linguistic sludge.
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