Happy Birthday to William Zinsser (1922)

5 Quotes from William Zinsser on Writing

“Write about small, self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you remember them, it’s because they contain a larger truth that your readers will recognize in their own lives. Think small and you’ll wind up finding the big themes in your family saga. ”

“I almost always urge people to write in the first person. Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it.”

“Examine every word you put on paper. You’ll find a surprising number that don’t serve any purpose.”

“Decide what you want to do. Then decide to do it. Then do it.”

“Less is more.”

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