If there is one writing lesson that Poynter has taught for more than three decades now, it’s that good stories need a sharp focus.
I once heard my friend Chip Scanlan say that all parts of the writing process amount to these three words: focus, focus, focus.
We focus the:
- Story idea
And, yes, we probably even focus the focus.
I have compared focus to the way that the eyedoctor tests you for new lenses. The image is supposed to get sharper and sharper with each slight correction.
But there’s always a big but, isn’t there?
How do we account for great works of art that defy all attempts to declare a focus? Does Hamlet have a focus? Or Moby Dick?… Read more