Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Purpose of nonfiction...

Though the ostensible purpose of nonfiction is the conveyance of information, if that information is in a raw state, the writing seems pedestrian, black-and-white facts in a colorful world. The reader, soon bored, yearns for the images, anecdotes, characterization, and writerly precision that make informational writing come alive on the page. That is where the techniques of fiction can be so helpful to the nonfiction writer.

~~Sol Stein, On Writing, p. 7


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

Nonfiction conveys information, but if that information is irrelevant, who will want it? Relevance is purpose, and purpose is life, and life is story.

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