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?

Learn about what to do with your answers here (and also check out Janzer's book, Writing to Be Understood).

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