Archive for December, 2011

Ask TON: Anonymous Sources

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?

Lost and Found: How Great Nonfiction Writers Discover Great Ideas

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 […]

Taking Good Notes: Tricks and Tools

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 your sources […]

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