Posted on 08/18/2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Nonfiction writers have a delicate balance to strike.
Anne Janzer, a professional writer who has worked with over a hundred technology companies, calls it the “curse of knowledge.”
Provide too much information, and you’ll overwhelm the reader; skimp on the necessary details, and you risk confusing someone who’s new to your subject.
Janzer offers advice on finding the happy middle ground in a guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog. She suggests starting by considering these three questions:
Breadth: Will you cover a single issue or a wide range of topics?
Depth: Should you dive into details? How many are necessary?
Background: How much does the reader already know, and how much will you need to backfill?
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