A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
            - Raymond Chandler

I am going through a process of distillation at the moment. It's going to take a while.

This involves narrowing the focus of the writing relentlessly in the first instance; narrowing its appeal and targeting it down to the tightest possible niche of reader and relevance (convergence), following which the text can then take flight and expand out again (divergence). My very own version of the 'diamond', but back to front - I want to narrow down before expanding out. 

The following link nicely describes and diagrams the 'double diamond', from the clever people at the Design Council of the United Kingdom. Check it out here. My friends in process and experience design use this all the time. I am fond of a good diagram.

I am keen for my book to appeal to a very well defined, and narrowly outlined, body of readers - this is a counter-intuitive strategy, perhaps, but one that suits me. More to come.


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