Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction
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A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Jon Franklin, true to the Truman Capote school of writing non-fiction in a fiction style, breaks story-telling down into individual sections, with separate dedicated to structure, outlining, focus, transitions, etc...
Franklin repeatedly emphasizes the value of clear, lucid, straightforward prose that conveys the substance of the story ...more
The problem with this criteria, I've found, is that most stories I write don't necessarily have a resolution. When I write news stori ...more
Jon Franklin, two-time Pulitzer prize winner, wrote Writing for Story – Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction to teach authors his methods. Franklin illustrates his technique with annotated versions of his two essays: “Mrs. Kelly’s Monster” and “The Ballad of Old Man Peter” the first of which won the 1979 Pulitzer prize in Feature Writing. The goal of his technique is to impart knowledge and truth to readers. To paraphrase Franklin:
The secret to professional writing is a fusion of learned craftsm...more
The author of this straightforward and practical book calls this term "spaghettiing," a ...more
Franklin is a Pulitzer prize winner for a short non-fiction piece that serves as the center piece for this how-to-be-a-writer tutorial. The Pulitzer is BFD, and the guy is clearly a veteran writer with sheetloads under his mattress, so I have a hard time knocking Franklin. But his works and methods are pure Readers Digest. No ...more
Franklin's book is clear and almost clinical, which i ...more
This should be a must-read for any journalist. My problem is trying to apply his lessons to non-fiction that isn't journalism: theological concepts and practical ministry tools are a couple more steps removed f ...more