Elizabeth Browne has wrung out the gems in the fascinating NYT story about Robert Caro and his working process.

Elizabeth Browne

I’m tinkering with a nonfiction book idea. By that I mean, I have a book in mind that I’d like to write, and in fact have written bits and pieces of it and collected some research for it, but I have yet to find the right voice, tone and format to tell the story I’d like to tell. I have a long history of getting overwhelmed when attempting longer work, partly because of the sheer volume of information that one needs to research, sift through, organize, and access while writing. Then there’s the organization of the writing itself; will an outline help, or maybe chapter summaries, or should I just wing it? And then there are the technological and logistical choices: Can I store all of my research within Scrivner, and also write a draft in the same program? Will I like that method? Maybe I should use Word, and…

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  1. Thanks for reblogging this Richard! I am even more impressed by Caro after reading an excerpt of his book that was in the New Yorker (April 2…I’m so behind! Unfortunately, the article is not online: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/04/02/120402fa_fact_caro ). It was one of the more dramatic pieces of history writing I’ve ever read. He did some impressive things with point of view, circling the action in cinematic fashion.

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