Reflections Abroad: Nov.8-Nov. 16

I can’t believe it.  I’m done.

And I’m going home soon.

I still can’t believe it.

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Reflections Abroad: Nov.1-Nov. 7


No picture for this week.  I didn’t get out much.

And that’s okay.  Also, I’m probably going to be getting out less now with my departure back home less than three weeks away.

Sigh… I almost don’t want to think about it.

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Review: On Writing Well by William Zinsser

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing NonfictionOn Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whenever I read any sort of book on writing, I’m wary. I’m wary, because too many books on writing seem to tout that their way is the right way, when, in theory, there is no one-way-right-way in the world of writing. Some people like to separate their paragraphs sooner than others; some like big hunky chunky paragraphs. Some people write with their pants on; some people write upside down on a couch. Only in the world of grammar and proper usage and “universal standards,” I believe, is where a sentence can be declared right or wrong.  And if you do happen to break a rule, it better for a good reason other than to just break a rule.

So, is On Writing Well such a book? Does it make me wary?

Yes. I’m wary about some of the stylistic things that he points out in the journalism industry (regarding indents), even though I’m a novelist.

But this book also makes me swoon, because Zinsser clearly knows good writing from bad writing, and what makes one passage work and another one sag.

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