Archive for December, 2011

Ask TON: Anonymous sources

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    Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: Should anonymous (unattributed) quotes be used to develop stories which would not be possible without them — such as when individuals are unwilling to go on the record with negative comments?

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Lost and found: How great nonfiction writers discover great ideas

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In June 2010, Michael Finkel needed a new idea. The Bozeman-based author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa and writer for GQ, National Geographic, and Men’s Journal wasn’t satisfied with the stack of print-outs in the two-inch deep brownie pan on his desk. And none of the hundreds of ideas in a Word document […]

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Taking good notes: Tricks and tools

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Whether you rely on a digital recorder or a laptop or a ragtag collection of mismatched notebooks, you need to take good notes. That doesn’t just mean that your handwriting needs to be legible — though that matters too. It means that your notes capture the essence of what you have observed, from the words […]

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