Finding focus in our writing is a big challenge, especially when you’re writing personal narrative. How do you whittle down a big life into one small story? My tips:

  • Use a metaphor/vehicle
  • Write a mission statement for your piece
  • Give the most space in your piece to the main topic (i.e. don’t let tangents take over the story)
  • Set up the topic in the beginning
  • Make sure the end delivers on the beginning

For a more wholesome treatment of this topic, and a bit of conference vibe, listen in on the recording of my session “Finding Focus” at the writersandcritters conference. If you have more questions on this pesky issue of focusing your writing, let me know!

In case you’re wondering, at the beginning of my talk I am referring to the story “The Bed” by Diane Hurles.

That’s me checking my notes during my presentation
of how to find focus in your writing.