Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past

Writing About Your Life A Journey into the Past Written with elegance warmth and humor this highly original teaching memoir by William Zinsser renowned bestselling author of On Writing Well gives you the tools to organize and recover your past

  • Title: Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past
  • Author: William Zinsser
  • ISBN: 9781569243794
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written with elegance, warmth, and humor, this highly original teaching memoir by William Zinsser renowned bestselling author of On Writing Well gives you the tools to organize and recover your past, and the confidence to believe in your life narrative His method is to take you on a memoir of his own 13 chapters in which he recalls dramatic, amusing, and often surprisiWritten with elegance, warmth, and humor, this highly original teaching memoir by William Zinsser renowned bestselling author of On Writing Well gives you the tools to organize and recover your past, and the confidence to believe in your life narrative His method is to take you on a memoir of his own 13 chapters in which he recalls dramatic, amusing, and often surprising moments in his long and varied life as a writer, editor, teacher, and traveler Along the way, Zinsser pauses to explain the technical decisions he made as he wrote about his life They are the same decisions you ll have to make as you write about your own life matters of selection, condensation, focus, attitude, voice, and tone.

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    1. William Knowlton Zinsser is an American writer, editor, literary critic, and teacher He began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, where he worked as a feature writer, drama editor, film critic, and editorial writer He has been a longtime contributor to leading magazines.

    2. This book is angeringly awful! First it should be called "Zinsser Writing About Zinsser's life." The chapters, each one more obtuse and irrelevant than the previous, just tell stupid vignettes about his life. In the beginning he would crowbar in a writing tip every few pages or so (the types of trite tips you can find anywhere: "Good writers write what they know" and tripe like that). However, as the chapters progressed he stopped even pretending that this was a book purporting to teach writing; [...]

    3. This guy could write a manual about cleaning my dog's ears and I would love it. I loved all of it, but if I had to pick favorite parts, I would choose chapters 1 ('Message on My Machine') and 11 ('Writing as a Ministry'). I cry easily during movies and Kodak commercials (not that I've seen one of those in a long time), but no so much with books. Before this book, I think 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini is the only book that made me cry. I didn't expect to have such an emotional rea [...]

    4. What better way to teach writing memoir than writing snippets and commenting on it and giving technical background and why he wrote as he did. The first chapters are better than later chapters, being more rich with instruction. The book is very enjoyable to read and I found good advice. It was helpful to have a writing sample in front of me and understand why an experienced writer/teacher wrote the way he did. Zinsser says to think small and write about small self-contained that are vivid. He ex [...]

    5. I love the way this man writes. He has had a fascinating life and includes it in much of his writing. He tells us to write for ourselves, just how we see it, you don't have to add unnecessary words to make it fancy. I will soon be reading his 'On Writing Well'.

    6. I picked this book off my shelf for the second time. By sharing pieces of his writings, Zinsser eloquently models good memoir writing. Think small and don't write "about" anything. Great advice for both readers and writers.

    7. Wonderful book about the writing life and writing memoirs. Zinsser is a first rate writer who teaches and delights.

    8. Writing About Your Life by William Zinsser is a sort of metacognitive how-to book. The majority of the text consists of his own autobiography sprinkled with bits and pieces of invaluable advice to writers. He does more showing instead of telling. In general, I liked his approach and found it to be a quick read. There are some gems of advice I will quote later in this review, but I have to admit, I wish there was more dissection of his own writing going on. I would have liked to see some “non [...]

    9. The author is an interesting and well travelled man who spins great side stories keeping you interested in learning about memoir writing and life. He keeps the reader both entertained and well informed. Recommended reading for all writers.

    10. This is a terrific book. It is for anyone thinking about writing their memoirs, or just interestedin writing. Mr. Zinsser's personality comes shining through which makes this book even moreinteresting and informative. A real pleasure to read.

    11. Zinsser is amazing! Proof that writing comes naturally so to some. I'd like to get him is the same room with Erma Fisk and Frank McCourt.

    12. Years ago, I read Zinsser’s classic work, On Writing Well, which came out of Zinsser’s experience of teaching Creative Writing at Yale in the 1970s. He was in his fifties when he wrote, On Writing Well, having already done stints as a journalist and a free-lance author. Now, late in his life, Zinsser has published a new book on memoirs. This book is based on lectures given during his “post-retirement years” as a professor at the New School in New York City. Although the [...]

    13. Zinsser, William. Writing About Your LifeIn this book Zinsser provides the reader with advice on writing a memoir, using his own life and writing as the ‘story’ behind the writing self. In other words he’s doing while teaching. This is a most interesting and stimulating approach to the impossible problem of ‘how to.’ The answer is simply, write on what interests you and it will interest others. Well, yes, maybe and maybe not. I am no lover of baseball or computer games and found the ch [...]

    14. It is a privilege to write for one other person, but most importantly, write for yourself. Writing events, people and places that have changed you. Change is a tonic. Choose changes that meet your highest standard.

    15. Zinsser seems to be a special man--tender and warm, with a voice of authenticity and kindness. He desires to impart a message, or few, that will serve to help a writer in her craft. I found this to be true here and there throughout the book, and in those moments, I underlined the phrases, such as:"Write about things that are important to you, not about what you think readers will want to read, or editors will want to publish or agents will want to sell." - or - "If you put your writing in the fo [...]

    16. My creative writing teacher in college suggested that before attempting any sort of creative writing, you should first write a memoir to both practice your writing and to declutter your own experiences so you don't keep revisiting them in your later fiction. I decided to take her advice and checked out this book to give myself a jump start. At first, this book really got the juices flowing. After I read the first couple of chapters I sat down and wrote down all the memories I could think of abou [...]

    17. Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past by William Zinsser (Book Review)Clarity and simplicity bring life to a story. I’ve seen it now in practice. *Writing About Your Life* pointed out a few tips and I’ve felt my own writing contain a little something more to it. My old habits of adverbs, adjectives, and compound thoughts slowed the stories I wanted to share. Another neat trait of Zinsser’s book is that you see the tips in practice. He’s writing a memoir and teaching at the sam [...]

    18. This book was a bit disappointing. It was an entertaining read, if you just consider it as a collection of Zinsser's own stories. In the first few chapters, the stories are interrupted to explain the techniques being used. In later chapters, he seems to have gotten bored with this. As for writing, it seems like the standard sort of information about writing well. In a later chapter, this is a tip on getting on with recording your own story.A nice bit of serendipity, Zinsser mentions Clifton Fadi [...]

    19. I am reading "Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past" for the second time. Zinsser has been a guide for me since the day I began my first book, Deep Church, almost seven years ago. My friend, lawyer and author Michael Carroll, gave me Zinsser's most famous book, "On Writing Well" to celebrate my first book contract. On Writing Well inspired, guided, and shaped me as a writer. As I begin the rewrite for my second book, I look to Zinsser again, this time to his book on memoirs, which I f [...]

    20. Zinsser reads like a sincere old man with a gentle sense of humor and an optimism unmarred by adversity. He writes charmingly and blandly about his sheltered life. Chapters 1-4 were fairly enjoyable! Endearing sketches of his youth, interspersed with helpful tips for wannabe memoirists. Chapters 5-9 were pleasant but slow. Contains a few mildly helpful gems, scattered across acres of grandfatherly recollections about baseball, publishing, academia, etc.Can't say much about chapters 10-13; by thi [...]

    21. Found in a bookstore in Cleveland, OH. Writing About Your Life is everything I've come to expect from a William Zinsser book.The writing is always crisp and peppered with humor. The voice coming from the words as I read them is that of a wise old man, instructional and encouraging in tone as if to say "Anyone can do this" but not in a patronizing way. I felt the same way at the end of this book as I did at the end of On Writing Well -- good writing is achievable. I love the idea of the book, whi [...]

    22. This is a comfortable book. It contains good writing advice and tips, while also sharing William Zinsser's story of his own life as a writer. In reading about Zinsser's life as a writer, readers learn about his life period. Writing is a key part of his life, and it infiltrates into other components of his life. As my professor expressed while leading my class's discussion on this book, Zinsser really does seem like a very kind, genuine person, and one who has lived a wonderful life. This book ca [...]

    23. William Zinsser has led an interesting life as both a Journalist and Writing Teacher.This book makes for an interesting insight into the art of memoir and will provide plenty of inspiration for the aspiring memoirist. Having absorbed many thoughts on craft and style within one of his earlier books I didn't hesitate to send away for several more of his wonderful works.Being able to thumb through the paperbacks at will provides an alternative to sorting through the hundreds on my Kindle.I thorough [...]

    24. I love what William Zinsser has to say about memoir-writing. Here are some examples: "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." and "Go with what interests and amuses you. Trust the process and the process with take care of itself." Most of these things he says in the first three chapters of the book, however. The rest of the book is taken up with examples of his own memoir-writing, which is f [...]

    25. Writing is a wonderful way to keep memories alive for those in your family that like history. To be serious about stories, we need to be always concerned with the reader that would be interested. The reason I have put this book on the shelf doesn't actually address issues I need to know. It is great. Just other things demand time in my life, and the real escape is to move away from self and explore places and people around the globe and from the past.

    26. Great book! I like this book better than On Writing Well. I wish someone had recommended me this book in high school or college. It would have given me the confidence I needed to really write. On top of all that, there never was a dry moment as Zinsser weaves specific and often funny narratives about his life to lessons he's learned. The lessons are universal ones no matter where and when you are in life. This book is a treat!

    27. A memoir and a book on writing memoirs all in one. William Zinsser is an extremely well-respected and accomplished writers and teachers of writing. He was asked to do a memoir, and in doing so created a way to teach about memoirs, both by example and by insights drawn from seven decades of experience. I enjoyed both his stories, and the lessons those stories taught me about how to write clearly. Like his "On Writing Well" and other books, this is a must-read for anyone interested in writing.

    28. If you want to be a writer, start by reading this book. If you already are a writer, refresh your passion by reading this book. By sharing varied facets of his life story, Zinsser illustrates the points he makes about the various genres. Both his life and his insights into the world of words keep you turning the pages. On the final pages of each chapter I wrote summaries that I know will serve me well as I pursue the writing life.

    29. A great book for those who love to write and tend to gravitate towards personal stories. Be forewarned, though: this is less of a "how-to" manual and more of a "memoir with a few guidelines on how to write memoirs". Zissner gives some writing advice, but mainly shows you how memoirs and personal stories are best crafted by sharing his own stories. Those who really want a step by step guide wouldn't gain much from this book, but I enjoyed it.

    30. The wonderful, eminently useful brilliance we expect from Zinsser. Warm, revealing, to the point - by telling his own story, Zinsser shows others how they can tell theirs. To that end, this book is not quite for the general reader - it would be most interesting to those who write as a vocation, or at least those who feel compelled to write their own stories.

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