As I sat down to brainstorm for my story, I had a legal pad full of ideas, some relevant and some not. After dumping anything and everything I could think of on paper, I needed some serious focus.
My students run into this problem all the time when starting to work on a story. How many times have I said cover the football game or the student council event? Where is the focus in that? No where to be found.
I so enjoyed "The Five Stages of a Story" by Michael Roberts. "Take off with an idea and your doomed to mediocrity," he said. "Do one thing really well."
Starting my research with a question and not a topic will make all the difference. Using my question as a backdrop for my research and organization will ultimately help me engage the reader.
Michael Roberts from The Arizona Republic addresses Reynolds Institute participates on narrowing story ideas to a specific question.
Vista Ridge High School
Cedar Park, Texas