Heather Harper I Borderline Press I April 4, 2016
How do you put your #writing into focus? Narrowing the scope of your work is a universal practice used not only in writing, but also in marketing, job-seeking, and research. Think about the last time you worked on your resume. Did it include every job you have ever worked at, or did you craft it to include the most meaningful work and achievements? Chances are, you tailored your resume to present only the most relevant and substantial content.
At times creative people can get caught up in the details, which can be distracting for the reader. Your writing should follow the same standard as your resume, with the scope being the specific area(s) of the topic you wish to discuss. For example, if you wanted to write a research paper on the effects of technology on mental health, you would realize that is a very broad topic; technology encompasses everything from space shuttles to iPhones.
Here is how you would break it down. Begin by considering which technology you would like to include in your research and make a short list of which items to include. Next, do the same thing for mental health, which also spans many levels such as sleep disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia, and addictive disorders. Once you have your two lists, it is time to review and decide if you still have too much area to cover or if you need to add to your breadth of research items. The key is to find a good balance of enough information for the reader, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming. Over time and with practice, narrowing your scope will come as second nature.
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