How To Become A Winner With Zinsser

The first two parts to On Writing Well by Zinsser are great for anyone that loves to write  by informing the reader whats good to use in writing and whats not. Reading further into the book though with part three you learn the different forms of writing and how they fit different individuals. Sometimes of writing I am going to talk about are writing about yourself, places, humans and by far the easiest one humor.

Zinsser has different ways that will help an individual succeed in these types of writings. First we are going to talk about writing about yourself. Writing about yourself can be fun because you know the most about yourself creating a different feel when you write. Zinsser says be unique and to make your paper you. Another type of writing is writing about another human. Writing about someone else can be tricky because you can’t add in your stories but only ones they give to you. The best way to get good at writing about others is by interviewing them according Zinsser. Interviewing at first can be challenging trying to figure out the correct questions to ask before meeting him/her. But in the long run the more times you interview people the better you get making you feel more relaxed to write. Third Im going to change the order up and talk about humor which is the easiest one (in my opinion). Zinsser specifies that when you write humor it needs to be funny. I know that sounds like a given but some people just can’t get others to laugh as much. Humor is everywhere and if you can make someone laugh I recommend to do it cause it could brighten  someones day. With humor there are always different things people look for whether its dry humor like Napoleon Dynamite or in-your-face humor such as Jack Ass. But be yourself and let your humor talk cause than people get to know you better. Finally I wanna talk about writing about places which seems easy but can actually be stressful. Writing about places you always wanna talk about the building or spot your at but you also wanna talk about the scenery. When I mean scenery discuss what the weather is like, how people are interacting, and especially what you smell. When you add in smell it lets the people think what could remind them of this. For example every time I wake up in the morning the first thing that hits me is the warm smell of the fresh baked pastries from apple pies to homemade butter croissants. Little hints here and there can really expand someones interest in your story.

Reading Zinsser has opened my mind to actually wanting to write more showing the creativity I have. Being asked what type of writer am I is a great question but I couldn’t tell what I am. I like writing about anything that interest me which is a lot of stuff. But if I had to pick something it probably about humor or places. A lot of people would probably say they like to write about themselves to feel more comfortable but why do that when you expand your style. Fear is the best motivation so trying to do something new that scares you at some points could actually help you relax more with other types of writing. But this being said if I could be come a blogger what would I do? I would blog/podcast about music and the different artist. Music will never die so this would give me so many choices to pick and write/talk about.

“I’ll say things that are serious and put them in a joke form so people can enjoy them. We laugh to keep from crying.” Kanye West


There Isn’t A Write Way?

Even though both part one and part two of On Writing Well by William Zinsser are short they are filled with different tips to further your writing skills. For instance Zinsser expresses that there isn’t a correct form of writing and that everyone is different (which I agree a hundred percent on). All good writers are different and many probably weren’t good a writing when they first started, but they practiced! Like anyone of my coaches has ever said, practice makes perfect and that can be applied to anything you set your mind to. But with writing remember you maybe writing something for someone but at the end you are writing it for yourself so make it a piece of you. Being relaxed and confident with what you put down is “major key” (DJ Khaled voice). With this let me leave you with some suggestions to makes sure your writing fits you and looks presentable.

  1. clear your head from clutter
  2. sometimes less is more
  3. always reread what you write

The Blogging of Time

Ideas and thoughts are what every writer or blogger wants to express through their readings. Blogging gives that sense of freedom and opportunity that anyone person can have. According to the book “Blogging” by Jill Walker Rettberg, mass outputs of communication wasn’t successful do to one thing, print. Print was to hard for people everywhere to attain and than gather the knowledge from it, especially when books and newspapers were limited. This problem has been around as long as kings have ruled. Rettberg said “True, kings might hire scores of scribes to write out their instructions in many copies to spread throughout the kingdom, but most books and written materials only existed in a limited number of copies” (32). Print changed the world! Einstein said there are six different features of print that changed our culture: data collection, preservation, reorganization, standardization, reinforcements, and dissemination. These features expanded what we know as print in many ways. Dissemination made it possible for mass print of text to be spread throughout Europe, instead of having people write the print creating only small amounts of people able to obtain one.

The limited books and writing materials takes away from the learning of others and even takes the ideas and thoughts a writer might want to share and only limit his/her work that was meant for everyone. But now a days we have the opposite, people can write what they want than press publish and anyone around the world can see. The Great Philosopher Plato would have loved blogging to me for two main reasons the aspect of writing your own post and that anyone can see it or respond to what you say creating communication with others .With blogs comes new technology and technology as everyone knows creates new culture and trends that people follow.