Create and build drama

We spent 10 days and nights hunting python in the Florida Everglades, for a 5,000 word magazine feature.

In a glossy magazine, distributed to 400,000 Economist subscribers, this would have to be illustrated with great photos of big snakes.

But alas, for nine days we only caught little ones. How to make the story interesting, while also being honest?

Happily (for us, but not for the snake) we caught a 10-footer on the last afternoon, and allowed it to curl its tail around our neck for photos…

Now we faced a new storytelling problem: how to keep the reader’s attention over 5,000 words, when the pictures give away the outcome?

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