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What It Takes

Ethos, Logos, Pathos

By Shawn Coyne | Published: April 28, 2017

This is the fourth post in my Story Gridding Nonfiction series.  To read the first, click here.  To read the second, click here. To read the third, click here.

We’ve been exploring Story Grid as it relates to nonfiction. And we’ve come up with four big categories/genres of nonfiction: Academic, How-To, Narrative Nonfiction and the Big Idea Book. As the Big Idea Book, at its best, is an elaborate combination plate of the other three, let’s pick it apart a bit more and see if we can suss out its secrets.

Where did the nonfiction Big Idea Book come from? That is, from what form did it emerge? What’s the tadpole version that has the potential to morph into a complex frog? (more…)

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What It Takes

What It Takes

Another Airline, A Different Story

By Callie Oettinger | Published: April 14, 2017

I flew on Alaska Airlines this week.

Before the flight took off, I witnessed a first.

The pilot joined the passengers at the gate to announce a flight delay.

No microphone. No airline staff at his side. Just him. His voice. His proactive communication. (more…)

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What It Takes

What It Takes

Big Idea Nonfiction

By Shawn Coyne | Published: April 7, 2017

This is the third post in my Story Gridding Nonfiction series.  To read the first, click here.  To read the second, click here.

In the last post, I broke down all of nonfiction into four large categories, the big kahuna genres.

A good guy to follow...Marcus Aurelius points the way

A good guy to follow…Marcus Aurelius points the way

They are:

  1. Academic
  2. How-To
  3. Narrative Nonfiction

and

  1. Big Idea

What I love about the fourth category, Big Idea, is that it combines elements of the three other big categories. It’s a Genre-meld of sorts akin to fiction’s Thriller genre, which combines elements of Action, Horror and Crime into its narrative gumbo.

The War of Art is a perfect example of a Big Idea Nonfiction book. (more…)

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