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Good Book on Structure

Following on John McPhee's very helpful and interesting piece on structure in the New Yorker I happened upon a book that has been equally as helpful when it comes to gaining greater grasp on the fundamentals. It is called Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction.

The book is not so much a masterly written chronicle of the fundamentals fo good writing as much as it is a masterful explanation of what they are and how they work. For some these will repeat what has already been learned, but for most the presentation and view point will reinforce solid, pragmatic practices that are the core of good writing.

I was also interested to see that the author, Jack Hart, references McPhee and even uses the same diagram that McPhee included in his New Yorker piece.

At any rate, Story Craft is worth picking up and taking a look at.