Jul 6, 2020
If you want to be a better writer, this episode is for you.
My guest Dave Herndon is an accomplished non-fiction editor and writer, with nearly 40 years of experience at quality newspapers and magazines. We asked him for a few writing tips, which turn out to be good advice for delivering information and storytelling regardless of medium or platform. Dave stresses the importance of outlines, so here’s a somewhat shrunken version of his outline.
Herndon referred to two examples of craftsmanship that represent solutions to different interviewing/writing problems. He wrote a piece about Ted Turner, A Turning Point in Turner Country, but only had 20 minutes with TT. See how he deployed a scant inventory of quotes to create the impression that Turner himself is helping to tell this story.
Another piece had the opposite issue: Herndon had lots of access to the subject--who died while he was writing it. So the story had to change in mid-process, with the stakes raised considerably. The piece is titled, The Voice of the People, about Andy Palacio.
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