The Art of Story Development. Journalism 350. Archived copy of this presentation:. http://michellehassler.wordpress.com/. Why art?. Creative ideas. Creative approaches. Creative sources. Every good story begins with a good idea. Good ideas in the newsroom. Where to get ideas?.
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Some tricks of the trade to make your stories sing.
Tom struck the robber.
Tom hit the robber.
Tom punched the robber.
Mighty Mark McGwire stood over home plate. In the grip of his thick hands, the bat looked like a twig. He looked at the pitcher. The pitcher threw the ball a little low. Bam! McGwire hit the ball with all his 250 pounds. He ran toward first base. He watched the ball fly 458 feet, over the left center field fence. "It’s a home run," said the umpire. The crowd stood up and clapped as he went toward home.
Avoid these overused intensifiers: Very, Really, Truly, So, Completely, Totally, Positively, Perfectly
They add “bulk” to your writing and keep you from using a more precise, descriptive word.
After supper my father says, “Want to go down and see if the lake’s still there?” We leave my mother sewing under the dining room light, making clothes for me against the opening of school. She has ripped up for this purpose an old suit and an old plaid wool dress of hers . . . We leave my brother in bed in the little screened porch . . . and sometimes he kneels on his bed and presses his face against the screen and calls mournfully, “Bring me an ice cream cone!” but I call back, “You will be asleep.”