Stephanie Golden is an award-winning author of ten books, including seven collaborations with experts (most covering health, fitness, and medicine) and two books on women’s issues: "Slaying the Mermaid: Women and the Culture of Sacrifice" and "The Women Outside: Meanings and Myths of Homelessness." Her articles and essays have appeared in Tricycle, Yoga Journal, The Startup, Aeon.co, and Salon, among other publications. Stephanie is also a book doctor and writes websites, newsletters, training manuals, and reports. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
I like to use images as analytic tools. An image focuses your thoughts while allowing you to come at your material from many different directions without losing coherence, since the analysis acquires its form from the structure of the image.
I used this method for both my literary nonfiction books:
For *The Women Outside,* a study of homeless and marginal women, it was the figure of the witch.
For *Slaying the Mermaid,* about women and self-sacrifice, it was Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid.
Now I use this method in creative nonfiction essays.