Snowy mountaintop

Story geography

Think of a story as a piece of terrain with varying topography.

Over there, in the thickets to the west, workers are striking a key industry; the good reporter travels there briefly to tell part of their tale from their turf.

To the east, on the city on the plain, managers are planning countermeasures. The reporter visits, again briefly, to tell us what they see from their office windows.

The rest of the time, he spends on the snowy summit of Mount Objectivity, apart from the action but able to view it in a general way.

… but if a latecomer finds the high ground occupied, it only makes sense that he move to another, different vantage point.

—William E Blundel, The Art and Craft of Feature Writing, p.13
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Dave Molloy

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