For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been discussing the role of structure and design in crafting nonfiction. This week my topic is organization.
Any good nonfiction title includes:
• An inviting introduction that engages the reader and gives clues about what’s to come.
• Thoughtful transitions that link key points and ideas.
• Sequencing that is logical, purposeful, and effective.
• A satisfying ending that wraps everything up, yet leaves the reader with something to wonder about.
In Mosquito Bite, Alexandra Siy features dual storylines. One story line describes a child’s encounter with a mosquito while playing hide-and-seek at dusk. This story is illustrated with black and white photos. The second story line, illustrated with stunning, full-color micrographs tells the mosquito’s side of the story. In the end, readers probably still won’t like mosquitoes very much, but at least they’ll understand why the pesky insects bite us—they can’t lay their eggs without a dose of protein from mammalian blood.
Can you think of other trends in organization or related ideas I haven’t considered? I’d love to hear your thoughts.