Shawn Coyne is an experienced editor and the author of The Story Grid. Recently he wrote a post for Steven Pressfield’s blog titled “First Story Gridding Steps.” It’s about applying the Story Gridding process to Malcolm Gladwell’s best seller, The Tipping Point.
“No one sits down and writes a perfect first draft. Trust me on this. It’s never happened. What real writers understand is that the first draft is the raw material—the slab of marble, the bag of moist clay, the bricks, the blank canvass and paint, the zeroes and ones…”
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Jack Hart’s book Story Craft has a excellent chapter on structuring a narrative nonfiction story.