Writing For Story (Quick and Dirty Book Review)

Full title: ‘Writing For Story – Craft Secret of Dramatic Nonfiction by a Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner,’ by Jon Franklin

I bought this as a textbook for a college journalism class almost 30 years ago. I finally read it front to back, and was enthralled. While dealing with non-fiction story writing, it’s the best instruction I’ve seen for aspiring fiction writers. It’s earned a permanent place on my writing shelf, and is quickly becoming overloaded with highlights and dog-ears.

Franklin, true to the Truman Capote school of writing non-fiction in a fiction style, breaks story-telling down into individual sections, with separate dedicated to structure, outlining, focus, transitions, etc…

As a bonus, two of his best-known stories are reprinted with detailed footnotes to shed light on the writing process, sentence by sentence, choice by choice. It was worth every cent the University of Maryland made me (over)pay for it, even considering that we never opened the book in class. (a common college story).

Five Enthusiastic Stars.


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