Nonfiction’s The Big Idea Book

Because heaven knows (and likely, you do too), editing is not at all my strong point, I’ve signed up for emails from Shawn Coyne, editor, etc. who blogs at The Story Grid.

His next project is analyzing Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point. In preparation, he has proposed four broad categories of nonfiction: Academic, How-To,  Narrative Nonfiction, and, The Big Idea Book.

Most of my favorite nonfiction books are what I call Poetic Science; science-, study-, and observation-based information written in a bit of a romantic way.

So, I’m thinking: Poetic Science = The Big Idea Book

Here’s my list of books in the (possible) genre:

I’ll add more to the list as they come to mind. (And remove some if I notice that they’re not really fitting in with the genre.)

I’m really excited to see where Shawn goes with his analysis. Follow along with his progress in breaking down this Big Idea Book by signing up for his emails here.

And, for help in breaking down the components of your storytelling in your fiction or nonfiction novels visit his archives (start here), or wait for the release of his book, The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know.

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