Several months ago, I wrote an article sharing twelve of my favorite writing craft books. These books focus specifically on teaching you how to strengthen your skills as a writer and storyteller.
They get into the nuts and bolts of how to structure and edit your writing so it will captivate your readers.
Recently, I enjoyed re-reading one of the books on the list: Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction by Jack Hart.
Hart served for many years as managing editor at The Oregonian, the Pacific Northwest’s largest newspaper. He also guided several Pulitzer-prize winning articles to publication.
In this book, he teaches everything that he learned from his many years as a journalist. Using examples from books and newspaper articles, he shows how to tell a captivating story. He covers everything from how to develop characters to choosing point of view to bringing scenes to life.
Even though his book is aimed at writers of nonfiction, I believe there is much that writers of fiction can glean from its pages as well.
In today’s post, I’ve written up my top five takeaways from my most recent read. [Read more…]