Inspiration: Sally Koslow on Nonfiction Writing

…a nonfiction writer can lumber down many blind alleys. I may line up interview subjects who sound newsworthy and pertinent, but I can’t make him or her say something smart or original. Researching a work of nonfiction also results in inevitable discord that must be sorted, coded and mobilized at the end of an investigation. This became my biggest task, sifting through file after cacophonous file of statistics, statements and analytical strands, a veritable LEGOLAND of research blocks that not only must I snap together, but mold into a flowing narrative saturated with a consistent voice.

Koslow, S. (2013, June 17). Writing fiction and nonfiction. The New York Times. Retrieved from: