Writing Dramatic Nonfiction

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"Why does nonfiction have to be boring," he sniveled.

"It doesn't," she replied cheeringly. "Haven't you ever read anything by Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, John McPhee, Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, Mark Bowden, Laura Hillenbrand, or Sebastian Junger-just to name a few?"

"No," he said popping open another long-neck Bud.

"That explains a lot," she said.

Dramatic nonfiction-the relating of factual information in a manner that makes it as gripping as fiction-is the thrust of Writing Dramatic Nonfiction by longtime ...

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Overview

"Why does nonfiction have to be boring," he sniveled.

"It doesn't," she replied cheeringly. "Haven't you ever read anything by Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, John McPhee, Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, Mark Bowden, Laura Hillenbrand, or Sebastian Junger-just to name a few?"

"No," he said popping open another long-neck Bud.

"That explains a lot," she said.

Dramatic nonfiction-the relating of factual information in a manner that makes it as gripping as fiction-is the thrust of Writing Dramatic Nonfiction by longtime editor-author William Noble. Using the techniques and guidelines offered in this book, you will learn to create nonfiction works that rise to the level of great literature without sacrificing credibility.

Dramatic techniques such as flashbacks, foreshadowing, building tension and suspense, character development, and scene intercuts are described in plain words along with instruction on how you can use such devices in your own writing.

Dramatic or creative nonfiction, sometimes called narrative nonfiction, is now an important part of the literary landscape.

In this useful, nay, essential guide, Noble teaches you how to craft riveting true accounts.

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William Noble's books are a popular staple in the writer's personal library. I revisited his book "Writing Dramatic Nonfiction" to get some fresh ideas for adding dramatic techniques to a nonfiction project I am presently involved in. I found valuable pointers on basic development skills including: conflict and character development, anecdotes, using dialog, and point of view. His illustrations and examples are helpful. The book is filled with basic information for the beginning writer and a well organized reminder for those seasoned writers looking for motivation and inspiration. Although the book was first written in the year 2000 the principles are as applicable today as when they were first written.

-Richard R. Blake, author and Co-Founder of Christian Education Resources

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Internet Book Watch
Writing Dramatic Nonfiction isn't just another guide to producing nonfiction; it overs a particular style of dramatic nonfiction which uses fictional drama to spice and enhance nonfiction accounts. From using anecdotes and character development to handling dialogue, this covers all the basics of enlivening nonfiction efforts.
—Internet Book Watch
From The Critics
William Noble draws upon his experience and expertise as the author of 15 books to present aspiring authors with practical and effective techniques and approaches to writing factual information in such a manner that it becomes as gripping to the reader as the best novel. Dramatic techniques such as conflict development, flashbacks, foreshadowing, character development, dialogue, and scene intercuts are described and guidelines for their employment are clearly laid out. Writing nonfiction is as much a writer's art as is the crafting of any work of fiction. Writing Dramatic Nonfiction is the perfect introduction for the novice writer to this demanding approach, and has a great deal to offer even the more experienced author of nonfiction titles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618090218
  • Publisher: The Write Thought, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/30/2012
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

William Noble is the author of 15 books, including Three Rules for Writing a Novel, The Twenty-Eight Biggest Writing Blunders, and Bookbanning in America. His articles have appeared in such magazines as Writer’s Digest and Self. He lives in Island Heights, New Jersey.

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    Pointers on Developing Drama in Your Nonfiction Writing

    William Noble's book's are a popular staple in the writer's persoanl library. I revisted his book "Writing Dramatic Nonfiction" to get some fresh ideas for adding dramatic techniques to a non-fiction project I am presently involved in. I found valuable pointers on basic development skills including: Conflict and character development, antedotes, using dialog, and point of view. His illustrations and examples are helpful. The book is filled with basic information for the biginning writer and a well organized reminder for those seasoned writer's looking for motivation and insptiration. Although the book was first written in the year 2000 the principles are as applicable today as when they were first written.

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