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  • 1. LiteraryJournalism112/13/2012

2. Creative non-fiction is also known asliterary journalism.212/13/2012 3. Its the art of telling a true story as ifit were fiction, using scenes, shiftingviewpoints, dialogue and well-renderedprose.312/13/2012 4. How toWriteCreativeNon-Fiction4 12/13/2012 5. Step 1Start with a well-researched truestory.5 12/13/2012 6. Step 2Create the plot. A fiction story has aspecific plot structure that holds areaders attention.612/13/2012 7. Your story must fit this structure712/13/2012 8. For instance, your lead character mustbe shown to be living a normal lifewhen something happens to pull himor her away from that life.8 12/13/2012 9. There must be an object of desire thelead character wants, and obstaclesplaced in his or her path.9 12/13/2012 10. There must be a moment when itseems all is lost, a resolution and adenouement, when things return tonormal.1012/13/2012 11. Step 3Flesh out your characters.11 12/13/2012 12. You must show their personalities andmotivations, moments of indecisionand temptations that lead them astray.1212/13/2012 13. Step 4Work on setting.13 12/13/2012 14. Your setting is a real place; your job isto bring the reader there.14 12/13/2012 15. Describe the season, the traffic noise,the sterility of the office or the smellsfrom the corner eatery.1512/13/2012 16. Step 5Decide on a point of view.16 12/13/2012 17. Which character or characters will tellthe story?How much will they know?Do you need a narrator?1712/13/2012 18. Step 6Add literary touches18 12/13/2012 19. Give some thought to things liketheme, symbolism, style and irony.19 12/13/2012 20. Step 7Review your finished story and makesure everything is true.20 12/13/2012 21. If you added a character, made updialogue or described events thatnever took place, youve moved awayfrom literary non-fiction to fictionbased on fact.21 12/13/2012 22. Personal essays and memoirsconstitute two significant strands ofcontemporary creative nonfiction.2212/13/2012 23. Personal essays, on the whole, aremostly based on the reflective accountof a remarkable experience in the lifeof the author/narrator, along with amore opinionated stance.2312/13/2012 24. The personal essay is more about thethought process of the author as heembarks, along with the reader to thejourney of his mental world.2412/13/2012 25. Throughout the journey, the readerbecomes involved with the subtleshades and nuances of the authorsthought process.25 12/13/2012 26. The mark of a memorable personalessay is the amalgamation ofmemory, emotions and sensations ofthe author that make the piecealive, vivid and compelling.2612/13/2012 27. While personal essays are almostalways exclusively based on personalexperiences, throughout the narrative,the author sincerely tries to conveywhat he feels about those experiences.2712/13/2012 28. The Reporters Shopping List Setting: where, when Characters: who Complication: what happens/why Process of resolving/responding: who did what and why Resolution: where does it stand at deadline Closure: the final what is so what28 12/13/2012 29. Jimi Kayodeadebola adegunwa school ofcommunication,Lagos State University,Lagos.29 12/13/2012