Developing narrative nonfiction writers at any stage of their career Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling helps writers cultivate their nonfiction storytelling skills by exploring the universal decisions writers confront when crafting factual narratives. Rather than isolating various forms of narrative nonfiction into categories or genres, Sue Hertz focuses on examining the common choices all true storytellers encounter, whether they are writing memoir, literary journalism, personal essays, or travel stories. Write Choices also includes digital storytelling. No longer confined to paper, today’s narrative nonfiction writers must learn to write for electronic media, which may also demand photos, videos, and/or audio. Integrating not only her own insights and experience as a journalist, nonfiction book author, and writing instructor, but also those of other established nonfiction storytellers, both print and digital, Hertz aims to guide emerging writers through key decisions to tell the best story possible. Blending how-to instruction with illuminating examples and commentaries drawn from original interviews with master storytellers, Write Choices is a valuable resource for all nonfiction writers, from memoirists to essayists to literary journalists, at any stage of their career.
Chapter 7: Pulling it All Together
Pulling it All Together
You have a compelling idea, rich material, a firm focus and structure, and have settled on all those key components discussed in Chapter Six. In these final pages we explore the decisions you will face as you pull the whole enchilada together, from the first draft to the last. Choices include how to launch that initial draft, to outline or not to outline, narrator’s tone of voice, tense, what to expand, what to compress, and how to attack revision.
In his last novel “ Timequake ” Kurt Vonnegut divided writers and their strategies for battling the blank page into two tidy categories. On one side there are the swoopers, the storytellers who toss everything down “higgledy-piggledy, crinkum-crankum, any ...