Writing Martini Glass-Style

Martini glasses aren’t only useful for a refreshing drink on a hot day. They’re also a great tool to use when writing a concise and intriguing story.

Using the inverted pyramid style, the martini glass model allows you to lay out the important details first and move into specifics later on.

Use the graphics and tips below to crank out your next story, using the martini glass model.

1. The Rim

The beginning of your story should be direct and to the point. Start with an engaging lead, telling the who, what, when, where, why and how of your story. This gives readers everything they need to know in just the first few sentences.

Example: The Simpson Softball Team won against Wartburg last night in their first home game of the season.

2. The Glass

Provide the reader with some key facts that add to the bulk of the story. This can also be used as a transitional part that ushers the reader into the next section.

Example: The team’s announcer, Todd Guessford, covered the game, providing detailed commentary and play-by-play.

3. The Stem

This is where the detail starts. If the story calls for chronological events, put them here. Especially with stories that call for detail such as events, you’ll want a step-by-step recap here. Keep it rather brief, but make sure all important components make an appearance.

Example: Cover the recap of the game including scores from each inning, notable plays and players who stood out.

4. The Base

Close your story with a kicker or a strong ending. This is often a fact which aides to the story in an interesting way. It’s not necessarily pertinent to the story as a whole, but adds some interesting detail to close the piece.

Example: Close with a fun anecdote about the game. “In the end, the biggest win for the Simpson Softball Team was that the head coach shaved his mustache.”

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