Class notes: April 9


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Story Structure: Coaching  Tips for Refining Your Own Writing Process

Conceiving the idea:

What struck you as most interesting or important?

What is most newsworthy?

What is the main point of the story that readers or viewers need to know or would want to know?

Writing is Re-writing!!

Write a first draft; mark “fix it later” if you get stuck. Don’t perfect every line during the drafting process.

Read your story aloud when you finish. You will hear the pacing and also catch errors.

Use lists or sections to move the reader quickly through parts of the story.

Don’t struggle to get the perfect lead. Write a few leads and continue writing the story; choose a preferred lead later.

Test your endings to see if you have overwritten or strained your last paragraph. Put your hand over your last paragraph and see if the previous paragraph is a better ending.

Try free-writing. If you are stuck organizing your story, put away your notes and just write what you remember. Then plug in the facts and quotes from your notes.



If you can’t figure out how to write your lead, don’t suffer. Start with a focus sentence or a nut graph or write a few leads and choose the best one later.

To find your lead, ask yourself these questions:
What will hook the reader’s or viewer’s attention?
What does the reader or viewer need to know first or most to understand the story?
What is the story about?

Check your notes and write a sentence that will lead into your strongest quote

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