How to Write non Fiction Short StoriesWriting non-fiction short stories
Write short and convincing non-fiction books
I was at a talk the other evening by writer and reporter Greg Campbell." He is the writer of the book Blod Diamonds, Flawless and Road to Kosovo. This year I first encountered Greg at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference, where he held a studio on storytelling. I have tried to take each of his courses or talks since then because he is such a great literaryist.
Greg concentrated on a short non-fiction journalism focus for this particular presentation, as he has been working in this area for many years. Greg is certainly something to admire - he knows what he's doing. Immaculate was probably one of my favourite non-fiction I' ve been reading for a long while. It's awesome.
The presentation on Tuesday evening concentrated on short but convincing non-fiction books. In short, we're speaking 800 to 1500 words, 2500 at the most. Everything that is short is difficult to "force", but non-fiction books of this length are typical news items - you need just enough space for the facts. I think it might be a real challange, considering that many of the stories in my textbook have to be between 300 and 700 words long.
If you are looking for short articles, the first thing to consider is knowledge of an editor's particular styles. Do you know your history? So what's your history? What makes it different from other stories on the same topic? You can write your own tale in a note to someone who knows you well. You tell them your stories the way you would in a talk.
So you can either put yourself in the picture or not. Are the stories and their personalities able to talk for themselves? He underscores the importance of having enough knowledge about his subject to protect it, because you may just have to do it. Opened with a central part of the history. You are creating miles marks in your history, and what is not necessarily about a good offer?
When you write, be decorative. Do not use slang or "favourite words". Reverse Piramid. Imagine an turned around pyrramid in your head. To make a slightly longer article, overlay another reversed spire in the lower third of the first spire. The one Greg used to call "electroshocks." "Adds another one. Identify a way to complete the storyline by taking the readers back to the beginning.
This will take you back to the full circuit and show you that you designed it that way instead of just typing it that way. Be confident in your work! So Greg couldn't emphasize it enough. It comes back to know your theme inside out. Full command and clearness of the issue makes you an authoritative person in this field, which gives you the certainty to write about it.