Non-fiction toolkit

Where do I start?

Is this text about:

Memories? Events? Places? Incidents?
Ideas? People? Thoughts?

How can I describe the impact/effect?

Interesting?
Controversial?
Informative?
Inspiring?
Thought-provoking?
Shocking?
Humorous?
Unsettling?
Frightening?
Entertaining?

Arrows

What do I get a sense of?

Perceptions?
Attitudes?
Insights?
Facts?
Opinions?
Arguments?

Fiction that seems like fact?

What techniques are used to convey all of this to me?

  • •narrative stance
  • •narrative voice

  • •sentence-structure
  • •imagery
  • •word-choice
  • •allusion
  • •anecdote
  • •dialogue

  • •symbolism
  • •register
  • •tone

  • •narrative structure
  • •inference

  • •selection of information

and all the other writing techniques you know!