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The art and craft of feature writing : based on the Wall Street Journal guide

Author: William E Blundell
Publisher: New York : New American Library, ©1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William E Blundell
ISBN: 0452261589 9780452261587
OCLC Number: 18382403
Notes: "A Plume book."
Description: xii, 259 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The disorganized, debilitated reporter --
Learning to function more efficiently --
The major commandment: Make it interesting --
Raw Materials --
How and where to get ideas --
Picking the proper subject matter --
The need for files --
Finding and cultivating sources --
Thinking about story ideas: Extrapolation, synthesis --
Advancing story ideas: Localization, projection, viewpoint switching --
What readers like and don't like: Dogs, people, facts, observers, numbers --
Why the ideas with action in them are the best ideas --
Shaping Ideas --
The importance of forethought --
Range of the story: Keeping it narrow --
Theme of the story: The importance of the main theme statement --
Developing the theme of a general profile or a microcosm profile --
Approach of the story: The limits of the profile and the roundup --
Tone of the story: Why it is important --
Story Dimensions --
Time: The importance of the past and the future, as well as the present --
Scope: The quantity, locale, diversity and intensity of a development --
Variety: Using various source levels and internal proofs --
Movement: The built-in kind and the alternation of opposite elements --
The reporter's role: Neither lawyer nor scholastic nor objectivist nor formula follower. But what then? --
Planning and Execution --
A six-part guide for the reporter --
History: Does the main theme development have roots in the past? --
Scope: How widespread, intense and various is the development? --
Reasons: Why is it happening now? --
Impacts: Who or what is affected-and how?
Other Titles: Wall Street journal.
Responsibility: William E. Blundell.
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