Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Use movement and description in your writing: A tip from Francis Flaherty

Good nonfiction needs both movement and description, says Francis Flaherty, author of The Elements of Story.

One technique he suggests for incorporating both is writing
..."right-branching" sentences which offer up a big dose of action in the beginning so that the writer can branch out into static descriptions in the later, righthand clauses. ("The boat smashed into the pier, both because San Francisco's famous fog blinded the captain, and because the two night watchmen had decided to warm up with some run below decks.") --p. 78
Susan B. Weiner, CFA
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