Kate M. Colby's Reviews > Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction
Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction
Kate M. Colby's review
Jul 29, 2018
I have mixed feelings about this book, and I'll start with bad so I can end on the good. The book is clearly outdated, both in some of its mechanical references and the author's mindset toward genre fiction. Throughout, the author writes with arrogance and speaks down to the reader. That being said, the craft advice is actually well-presented. The author provides clear methodologies, useful information about outlining, structuring, and polishing, and ample examples of these techniques. Most helpful, he provides two of his own nonfiction stories with notes on how he is employing the craft techniques, what he would change, and (ironically, given his otherwise arrogant tone) criticisms of his own work. In the end, I think this book is useful for someone who wants to write creative nonfiction or fiction, if you can get past the tone.
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