The Elements of Story

The Elements of Story : Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing

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Most writing books dwell on common issues of style and grammar. Yet most writers also confront complex problems of story design.This 50-rule guide by Francis Flaherty, a "New York Times" editor, offers much-needed solutions and sage advice to address these concerns. "Sometimes, say things sideways," Flaherty writes. "The reader will be grateful." "White is whitest on black," he observes. "Let contrast work for you." Through such hard-won, story-level insights, sprinkled with examples from real stories and leavened with a good dose of newsroom memoir, "The Elements of Story" merits a spot on every writer's shelf.
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  • Hardback | 293 pages
  • 148 x 217 x 27mm | 395g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0061689149
  • 9780061689147
  • 1,204,292

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Ailing writers, not to worry. There is a Story Doctor in the house. His name is Frank Flaherty, and his powerful medicine is on every page of The Elements of Story. It belongs on your shelf right there next to that other Elements book. --Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools
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