TITLE

Writing Compelling Nonfiction

AUTHOR(S)
Oakley, Barbara
PUB. DATE
July 2009
SOURCE
Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Book Reviews;Jul-Dec2009, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Opinion
ABSTRACT
The author reflects on writing nonfiction books. She stresses the importance of constructing a narrative that will interest readers. She cites the lessons she learned in writing her book "Evil Genes." She believes that nonfiction books without a story is generally boring and forgettable. She argues that many of the best nonfiction books being written at present is constructed in the form of story, using elements of plotting, characterization, tension and pacing that have been developed for fiction.
ACCESSION #
44334078

 

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