Writing for story: craft secrets of dramatic nonfiction by a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

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Plume, 1986 - Education - 284 pages
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The new 'nonfiction' - the adaptation of storytelling techniques to journalistic articles in the manner of Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, and John McPhee - is an innovative genre that has been awarded virtually every Pulitzer Prize for literary journalism since 1979. Jon Franklin shares the secrets of his success. Franklin shows how to make factual pieces come alive by applying the literary techniques of complication/resolution, flashback, foreshadowing, and pace. He illustrates his points with a close analysis and annotation of two of his most acclaimed stories, so that the reader can see, step-by-step, just how they were created.

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A valuable lesson for writers of both fiction and especially nonfiction. Make mistakes in the outline so the need for deep rewrites is eliminated. While the concept is appealing, so far it hasn't worked for me. I will keep trying, perhaps after rereading the book. Read full review

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This book was required reading for one of my college classes, and I loved it. Franklin teachers writers how to write nonfiction like fiction. He wrote Pulitzer Prize stories, including "The Ballad of Old Man Peters." This is one of my favorites stories and I reread it periodically for inspiration. 


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