Background and focal points

When the painter Bob Ross used to paint, he would start with the background first. Usually this meant he would have a sky scene or just a general color to set the base of the painting, and usually not much detail.

He’d then proceed to add in layer after layer of increasing detail, until the painting culminated with the focal point. That is, you’d be able to see the cabin door or individual limbs on a tree.

This isn’t however, the way that most stories are told or news is broadcast. Most of the time we don’t care much about the background and want to jump into the headline.

The problem with this is there is no context without the background. This also usually leads to misinformation or people jumping to conclusions.

Take more time setting the scene of what you’re trying to say. The finished product will be better for it.

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