Superb stories, deconstructed

Great narrative stories read so smoothly, you hardly ever notice their structure. But that doesn’t help writers trying to master the art of long-form writing. So we asked accomplished writers to draw out the structures of their favorite stories. Check out the wonderful results over at the Open Notebook.

Here's how Michelle Nijhuis sees John McPhee's classic New Yorker story, Atchafalaya. (Credit: Michelle Nijhuis)
Here’s how Michelle Nijhuis sees John McPhee’s classic New Yorker story, Atchafalaya. (Credit: Michelle Nijhuis)