Large to Small
|Directions: Work your way down the funnel by inventing a library-sized topic and narrowing it until you reach the size and focus of a magazine article.|
Answer the following series of questions to focus your idea from general to specific:
1. What large Topic (that would Fill a Library of Hundreds or Thousands of Books) is your idea part of?
2. What is a book-length version of your topic? (Look for actual published books on your topic.)
3. State your topic as the theme of all the articles in a whole issue of a magazine. What magazine might publish this issue?
4. State your topic as the subject of a section of a magazine that consists of several related articles. Name three magazines that might publish such a section.
5. State a magazine-article-length version of your idea.
6. Describe your idea as one article in a particular magazine. Recast the idea for three magazines that differ significantly from one another. Name and characterize each magazine as part of the idea.
7. Describe your idea as one article. State a version of the idea that could be completed satisfactorily in the space of one magazine article. Give the length you think it would require.
8. Describe your idea as one article directed to a particular audience. Working from your answer to the previous question, now describe in more detail the characteristics of the magazine and its audience.
9. Describe your final idea.