Ten years of journalism helped immeasurably in learning how to write. Determined to make a living as a writer, I also wrote for a variety of mediums: I had never considered writing children's books, but inmy first picture book, "Baseball Saved Us," was published, followed later by "Heroes," "Passage to Freedom:
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Talese remained in L. It was the best because Talese had put the work in, paid attention, and gone beyond an article about a man everyone knew of. Your piece must have the most essential element in any story: It must be a story. In nonfiction, like fiction, what readers need more than anything is a reason to care, to want to know what happens next, how it will all turn out.
And stories are driven by tension.
First you have to find it. Then you have to tell it. Training Your Ear for Tension Stories are everywhere if you learn to look. Here are some ways to find them. Think of the whole story. When approaching a new story, look beyond the newsworthy item that led you there.
But think about all that might have led to that moment. What might seem to you like a boring ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new business may really be the culmination of a lifelong dream for the owner.
An ordinary high school graduation could be a moment of triumph for a student who overcame great obstacles to hold her diploma. In the end, it might not be about a game at all. Listen … to everyone. Seek to be surprised. Let them jabber away.
If the tension is not obvious from the start, it often shows itself through an offhand comment or some seemingly trivial fact. Uncovering those means talking not just to the big players in the story, but to everyone you can. I woke up one morning to discover that a well-known local panhandler had died.
Ray was known for changing into three different suits throughout the day as he wandered downtown Flint, Mich.
I thought his eccentricities were enough to write about—and really, they would have made a fine article.
Those bits of information and anecdotes created a mosaic of Ray that brought him to life—and they also led me to Joshua Spencer, a local businessman who had been especially kind to Ray, even driving him to the doctor. What does a sick and lonely man talk about with one of the few people he trusts?
It opened like this: Do you see it there? Hollandsworth opened the story by showing the now-elderly first generation of players in the stands at a recent game. He then went back in time to the exact, tense moment when one of those female players had the guts to ask for more practice time on the court.
It was the scene that had lead to their current legacy: One day after practice, Redin noticed a group of coeds standing by the gym door. They were members of the Wayland Girls Basket-ball Club, which played a handful of games each year against nearby high schools and junior colleges.
A young woman swallowed nervously and told Redin that the Girls Basket-ball Club would like more practice time at the gym.
They also wanted to play more games against better opponents. And who, exactly, would you want to play? Well, said the young woman, maybe you could help us schedule games against some of those AAU teams. Redin stared at the group, not sure how to respond. By getting his sources to relay past dialogue, Hollandsworth was able to show the information as well as tell it.
And because he was able to find the real root of his story, all the details about who the girl basketball players were before the team started—who they played, how much, the year it all started—become more than just information to his readers.
They now mean something. Ask the most important question.This webpage is for Dr. Wheeler's literature students, and it offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature, and genre studies.
One of David Madden's Pocketful series (including titles in fiction, poetry, drama, and the essay), this slim volume includes over of the most familiar and most taught poems, arranged alphabetically.
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Introduction. This lesson shows how to take some of what we’ve learned about our sample text (William Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”) and turn it into an essay.
he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his: wrath.
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