The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing

The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing

by Francis Flaherty
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The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing by Francis Flaherty

“A splendid book for journalists (new or old), fiction writers, essayists, and critics. But it could also be of great use to the intelligent common reader, the man or woman who wonders why it’s impossible to finish reading certain stories and why others carry the reader in a vivid rush to the end.”
—Pete Hamill, author of A Drinking Life


In the spirit of Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style, comes The Elements of Story, by Francis Flaherty, longtime story editor at The New York Times. A brilliant blend of memoir and how-to, The Elements of Story offers more than 50 principles that emphasize storytelling aspects rather than simply the mechanics of writing—a relentlessly entertaining, totally accessible writing guide for the novice and the professional alike.

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ISBN-13: 9780061689154
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Pages: 293
Sales rank: 816,333
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Francis Flaherty has worked for more than seventeen years at The New York Times. He has written for Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Commonweal, and The Progressive and teaches journalism at NYU. He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, New York.

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THE ELEMENTS OF STORY is perfect for anyone who loves to write or finds writing an ordeal but needs/wants to do it anyway. Longtime New York Times editor Frank Flaherty demystifies the art of good prose from organization to word choice to creating truth on the page. Warm, wise, and witty, this 50-rule guide delights as well as instructs. It's user-friendly with an extensive table of contents and helpful index, and employs clear examples from a wide range of writers. If you don't have time for writing classes, slept through high school and college English, or just want to be a better stylist, this is the one-stop crash course.
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Fallconkit and Thornkit where batting Tinykit and Fawnkits ears when their mother scooped them up. "Fallconkit, Thornkit, why arent you two getting ready for your apprentice ceromonys? Halokit and Mousekit are!" Thornkit sighed and started grooming his pelt. Mousekit woke up and ran over to Daisypetal. "I had a dream, mamma! There was a fallcon! And a badger was ripping its leg off! Oh mamma! What does it mean?" Daisypetal only purred and began grooming Mousekit. "Your going to be a med cat apprentice, shouldent you know?" "But-" "No buts!" Fallconkit began grooming his pelt. "Fallconkit! Get that moss scrap off your tail!" Halokit scolded. "Your not my mom." He muttered but flicked it off. "ALL CATS OLD ENOUGH TO CATCH PREY, GATHER BENEAH IVYROCK!" Fallconkits fathers voice rung out through the camp. Falconkit, Thornkit, Halokit, Tinykit, Fawnkit, and Mousekit where tripping over each others paws to get out of the nursery. "Fallconkit, until you are old enough to recive your warrior name, you shall be called Fallconpaw. Shiningsun will be your metor. Thornkit, until you resive your warrior name you will be called Thornpaw. Your metor will be Daisypetal. Halokit, until you resive your warrior name, you shall be called Halopaw. Your metor will be Titanclaw. Fawnkit, untill you are old enough to recive your warrior name, you shall be called Fawnpaw. Your mentor will be Dewpelt. Tinykit, untill you are old enough to resive your warrior name, you will be called Tinypaw. Your mentor will be Blueclaw. Mousekit, you wish to be a medicen cat, is that so?" "Yes." "Then your mentor shall be Flamesun." "FALLCONPAW!! THORNPAW!!! FAWNPAW!!! TINYPAW!!!! HALOPAW!!!! MOUSEPAW!!!! FALCONPAW!!!! THORNPAW!!! FAWNPAW!!!! TINYPAW!!!! HALOPAW!!!!! MOUSEPAW!!!!!" All the cats cheered the new apprentices names. "Meeting dissmissed." The cats miled around congraulateing him and the other apprentices. Flamesun motianed for Mousepaw to come with her. Shineingsun motioned for him to come with her to the forest. He followed her. "Im going to show you around the terratory today." ~~~~***~~~~ Fallconpaw padded into camp, his paws where very sore from walking. "Whew.... i did not know our boundries where so far away from each other...." Shineingsun only smiled as they padded into camp. Mousepaw ran up to him. "Lemme see your paws." Fallconpaw held them all up, one at a time. Mousepaw looked disapointed. "Whats wrong, Mousepaw?" "Your pads arent cracked." She sighed. "What?!?! You want my paws to crack off?!?!?" "Yes." Fallconpaw sighed and headed toward the apprentice den. END OF PART 1!~Butterflykit. P.S. if you want to comment comment at badgers any res. Thats where i will anser questions give sneak peaks of next chapters or storys ect.,