The Elements Of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing

Paperback | September 7, 2010

byFrancis Flaherty

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“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<_o3a_p>

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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.<_o3a_p>

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“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 Lif...

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Most writing books dwell on common issues of style and grammar. Yet most writers also confront complex problems of story design. This fifty-rule guide by Francis Flaherty, a New York Times editor, offers much-needed solutions and sage advice to address these concerns. "Sometimes, say things sideways," Flaherty writes. "The reader will ...

Francis Flaherty has worked for more than seventeen years atThe New York Times. He has written forHarper's,Atlantic Monthly,Commonweal, andThe Progressiveand teaches journalism at NYU. He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, New York.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061689157

ISBN - 13:9780061689154

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“Frank Flaherty’s writing guide is fluid, fun and filled with brilliant advice for anybody who wants to improve their work, break into this country’s top newspapers or get a glimpse into an editor’s mind.”