On On Writing Well

Good writing is an art.

Green Ink Proofreading

William Zinsser died last Tuesday. His book On Writing Well is a non-fiction writer’s Bible, although I would argue that it is as useful for fiction writers. I frequently defer to Zinsser’s direction to strike through superfluous phrases and ideas. Most of the time, my original essays and stories are riddled with unnecessary sentences and words. His advice to “simplify, prune and strive for order” is in the back of my mind as I revise.

Writing is difficult enough. Editing and revising so that your writing is clear and meaningful is a further challenge. Frankly, it is impossible for some writers, which is why I am an editor and proofreader. I do not imagine that my own writing is perfect and I know that, to refine longer fiction pieces, I need to focus on my craft as much as I do in shorter ones.

What William Zinsser taught me and multitudes…

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About Sanjoy Dutt

Sanjoy Dutt, an engineer, and a linguist is passionate about traveling and writing. He has lived and worked in various places in India and Nepal and now lives in America. While exposed to the struggles of life in early childhood he is a strong believer that challenges in life makes you stronger. He and his wife Lindsay enjoy exploring areas of the US and occasionally struggle with the pots and pans in the kitchen. Sometimes the experiments are delightful.​ Sanjoy has written travelogues and short stories for various journals in Bengali and English. As a child, Sanjoy loved drawing pictures. He has done all the illustrations for his book 'Calcutta in Shorts'.
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