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Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction Paperback – October 14, 1998
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The six page introduction has between 90 and 100 references to himself. He explains why he is qualified to write this book and walks the reader through the events in his life that led him to become a writer. He was the editor of the Wall Street front page.
Nearly every illustration in the book is from his work. The 60 page appendix is three stories that he wrote. His most frequent statement thoughout the book is, "In my opinion" or a variation of that. I can see my high school English teacher cringing and shouting, "Who else's opinion would it be?"
But skim the book with a highlighter. Marking the sections that are instructional, the step-by-step writing processes. Of the 300 actual book pages (excluding the appendix), you'll be left with about half the book. Read them carefully. If you're looking for a good instructional feature writing book, what's left is worth the effort.
Stewart begins the writing process with curiosity. He then shows how to turn that curiosity into idea hunting. He teaches how to gather information, form a lead, and decide on and follow a structure. According to Stewart, the type of question the story is answering tells the author what lead, structure and ending to use. Possible types of questions: What's going on? What are others are doing? What is a certain person really like? How could that have happened? How should I feel? What should my reaction be? What caused such-and-such? What happened? Each of those questions suggests a different story type and requires a different kind of structure and response.Read more ›
Regardless of the books intent, the content is of high quality. Stewart is not only a successful journalist and editor, he also has produced some best selling books. Its clear by the instruction and sampling that Stewart not only knows the elements of style, but also how to produce works that will garner interest. Any writer that is left wondering why their works are not getting an expected level of interest will be well served following Stewart's instruction.
I was a little disappointed in how he primarily used his own work as examples. It would have been nice to see examples from other sources. In fact there were times when i thought i was reading a long report on why i should read other works by Mr. Stewart. Nonetheless, reading "Follow the Story" is time well spent.
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Any one who wants to write non fiction will love this book, especially journalists. It's form and content are both brilliant.Published 22 months ago by Andre Tassinari
This book is most likely the best of its kind that I have ever read, and I have read a lot.Published on July 24, 2013 by The bogorm
Was very boring and I only consulted it once for a paper. It's a nonfiction book and if you are into Journalism (I'm not) I would recommend it.Published on January 1, 2013 by Mercy Skye
Mr. Stewart is a wonderful writer and a great teacher. I was looking for a book to send my friend who is a journalism professor at the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Read morePublished on July 5, 2006 by Frances
This book offers engaging insight into the mind of a true journalistic instructor. It contains helpful chapters on properly formatting dialogue and laying out plot and developing... Read morePublished on October 11, 2004 by Coco Chanel