A manual on the craft of nonfiction writing from a "story doctor" for the New York Times.
- Narrative sequencing informs meaning
- Good endings make a story memorable
- Good story leads entice and inform
- Good writing makes the familar new
- Stories need action and commentary
- Vague language signals imprecise thinking
- Use language with necessity
- Ensure the trunk of a narrative is more substantial than its branches
- Good creative work is characterized by the unity of form and function
- Give abstract concepts a human face
Flaherty, Francis. The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing. Reprint edition. Harper Perennial, 2010.