telling true stories: recommended reading
Frankly, much of their advice for writing about the world is just plain good advice for living in it. Stuff like this:
* I had to learn to listen, to surrender my place in the moment (Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, 62).
* Every person lives multiple stories... . Choose the right story. (Malcolm Gladwell, 73).
* Look for ways that the outer journey can mirror an inner journey (Adam Hochschild, 78).
* Bring a strong sense of humility to the work (Debra Dickerson, 107).
* Choose what matters (Jon Franklin, 127).
* As I matured . . . I returned to something simpler (Susan Orlean, re: writing style, 159).
* Do not add. Do not deceive (Roy Peter Clark, 166).
* Transcend stereotypes and assumptions (Isabel Wilkerson, 176).
* Narrative is at once daring and humble (Emily Hiestand, 201).
* You must learn how to take criticism and use it, but you must also learn when to resist criticism (Walt Harrington, 230).
* No matter how massive the event, the grieving is individual (Jacqui Banaszynski, 250).
*Occasional discomfort, both physical and emotional, is one of the burdens of being a narrative writer. ... Every time I push myself out the door, I try to remember that there will be a payoff. ... By forcing myself to stay out there, I usually discover something on which the whole story turns (Susan Orlean, 285).
And here's a short list from their suggested reading, included at the back of the book, that I'd like to check out - because the best place to get good recommendations on writing is from professional writers:
* Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, thirtieth anniversary ed. New York: HaperResource, 2006.
* Burroway, Janet. Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft. New York: Longman, 2002.
* Cheney, Theodor. Writing Creative Nonfiction, Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, 1987.
* Gardner, John. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, reissue ed. New York: Vintage, 1991.
*Gerard, Philip. Writing a Book That Makes a Difference. Cincinnati, OH: Story Press Books, 2000.
* Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life. Perennial, 1990.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in writing or is just fascinated by the inner workings of the journalistic mind.