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Unformatted text preview: Is writing really simple? Does the ‘way of writing’ matters? Or Does the ‘simplicity’ of writing matters? Are they related to each other? Two famous writers-William Stafford and William Zinsser, try to explain what writing really means. Both have different view points on writing. William Stafford’s ‘A Way of Writing’ shows a complete different kind of attitude that he uses in his writing rather than the ‘common’ attitude used by most of the writers. Stafford talks about: Skill, Receptivity, and Failure, and on the other hand, William Zinsser’s ‘Simplicity’ talks about the clearness and clarity used in writing. Unlike Stafford, Zinsser tries to simplify and narrow down each and every component of the sentence so that a reader does not get in confusion and does not get lost while reading. For instance, the late 1960s president of a major university wrote dull and confusing letter to pacify the alumni after a spell of campus unrest. The president wrote “you are probably aware that we have been alumni after a spell of campus unrest....
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- Spring '07
- Writing, william zinsser, Zinsser