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Non Fiction Writing

Postby gibbs » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:07 pm

I am not much of a writer however recently I decided to attempt writing a piece on France's butter crisis the style is more academic than non-fiction, and considering how long since been since I sat down and written a fully researched and referenced piece of work I may be a bit rusty.
But I would be interested to know your guys opinion on it. I have attached a pdf version and the link goes to the published piece as I tried to post it here and it threw the formatting off

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Re: Non Fiction Writing

Postby Whiterook » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:33 pm

The content is superb.... written as you say, in more of a research (or finding or industry) paper, you meld facts and quotes very nicely. It not only reports on the situation, but educates the reader in a manner that is approachable, which I find the best part of the article.

My advice is to concentrate more on punctuation.... several glaring examples needed editing throughout.

A personal style of mine, when approaching a paper like this is to place quotes on a separate line, in a stylized box. Something to consider in the future, though I am not saying it was necessarily needed here. The danger being, if you have a lot of quotes, it can balloon then piece, and maybe even annoy the reader. That said, some readers feel a little 'ping-pongy' going between text and quotes consistently. It's a fine balance.
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