William Zinsser is dead. (A sentence Zinsser would have liked.)

We'll miss Zinsser; and so will our writing.

"Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill rode to glory on the back of the strong declarative sentence," wrote William Zinsser, author of the classic writing guide, On Writing Well, which my first boss Mark Ragan used to quote to me.

Mostly, Mark wanted me to cut out spare words (even though he wasn't paying me by them). "There's not much to say about the period," Zinsser said according to his New York Times obit this week, "except that most writers don't reach it soon enough."

Zinsser, RIP.

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