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
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Harper
  • United States
  • English
  • 0061689149
  • 9780061689147
  • 1,137,184

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"A virtual Merck Manual for story doctors, filled with insightful diagnoses and effective prescriptions."--William G. Connolly, co-author of The New York Times Style Manual of Style and Usage
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