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Want and Need in Nonfiction

It’s great to see more people writing about storytelling technique in reference to nonfiction. 

I’ve just finished Shawn Coyne’s book on storytelling which although aimed at authors is still useful for the nonfiction storyteller. Here he discusses how a fiction requirement - character wants and needs - can be transferred to nonfiction stories. 

Filed under storytelling shawn coyne adam westbrook story grid narrative malcolm gladwell reading books

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A new video essay from delve

100 summers ago the countries of Europe collapsed quickly into war: it was sudden but also kind of inevitable. Countless books have been written since about the causes of the Great War, but in this video essay we offer an alternative history. By tracing the story backwards in time we stumble upon a very unexpected cause and discover that sometimes the most harmless of things can have terrible consequences. 

Story Design & Direction: Adam Westbrook 
Animation: Adam Westbrook
Additional Photography: Brett Walsh
Archive footage from the US National Archives released in the public domain
Stock footage via Videohive and Pond5
All photographs in the public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 2 performed by Kevin McLeod
Additional music and sound effects via AudioJungle 
Story assistance from Caroline Vanier, Cody Delistraty and Chris Schaefer.

Here are the books I used in researching this essay.

Filed under Adam Westbrook Ww1 ww1 kaiser wilhelm ii history documentary history documentary video essay delve books alfred mahan max hastings margaret macmillan barbara tuchman dreadnoughts germany britain europe war world war cause and effect robert massie