The Graphic Recorder - One Card One Concept - The Personal Transaction - William Zinsser - On Writing Well

Visual Concepts from the Introduction and First Chapter of William Zinsser’s On Writing Well

I have pulled out a few of the ideas from previous sketchnotes I created from William Zinsser’s On Writing Well and sketched those ideas onto 3×5 note cards as part of my One Card One Concept project.

First, we have the crux of the book – the essence of writing is rewriting. If you want to see the quality of your writing improve, then you have got to go through multiple drafts.

The Graphic Recorder - One Card One Concept - The Essence of Writing is Rewriting - William Zinsser - On Writing Well

Next, the importance of the personal transaction: how writing with warmth and humanity can engage readers (even those who think they have no interest in the subject of your writing).

The Graphic Recorder - One Card One Concept - The Personal Transaction - William Zinsser - On Writing Well

To check out other concepts that I have sketched onto 3×5 note cards, check out the One Card One Concept page.  Here are the complete sketchnotes that I have created from On Writing Well:

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  1. Mr. Neill,

    I am writing to you because I would like to use one of your images in a PPT presentation I am presenting to my school on Building an Ethic of Excellence in the Classroom. One of the tenets of this presentation is using multiple drafts to produce quality work. I am a teacher presenting to other teachers in an after-school address. I would like to use your “The Essence of Writing is Rewriting” with your permission as a picture on one of my slides.

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      Hi Dan,

      Feel free to use that image in your presentation! Hope it goes well. Any chance you’ll be posting your PPT somewhere online? I dig the topic you’ll be speaking on.

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