Writing the investigative story
- Event: 2012 IRE Conference
- Speakers: TBA
- Date/Time: Saturday, June 16 at 3:40 p.m.
- Location: Salon A-B
- Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio
If circumstances allow, write a story, not an exposé. Create suspense. Use dialogue. Shift perspective. Circle and loop. Experiment with Chekhov’s gun. Heed Elmore Leonard’s “10 Rules of Writing,” particularly No. 10: “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.” Beware of formula and lose the bullets. (They’re more like tranquilizer darts, likely to put readers to sleep.)
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