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“The lead—like the title—should be a flashlight that shines down into the story. A lead is a promise.”

March 26, 2018

 

 

Recently, I read Draft No. 4 by John McPhee—who is likely the most revered nonfiction writer of our time—and his book is one I will definitely return to for guidance. I learned a lot about structure—which happens to be my biggest struggle when writing. He advises that a structure should not be imposed upon material—that it should arise from within it. And that “it is meant to be as visible as someone’s bones.” Right now, as I begin a new piece, I particularly like his advice about finding a start. The first photo is from Maui, taken by @alan.m.caudillo . The next couple are photos of my coffee-stained book cover and dog-eared, marked-up pages. I just can’t make the switch to e-reading!

 

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