Ensure the Trunk of a Narrative Is More Substantial than the Branches

When writing, ensure that the core theme of an idea isn't overshadowed by subordinate notions, qualifiers, or caveats. If the "branches" outweigh the trunk, the theme will be lost. Present the qualifiers fairly, but ensure that they occupy less space by compressing them, in contrast to the extended detail granted to the core idea. Remember the priorities of the piece, but also that the trunk is never the whole tree.



Flaherty, Francis. The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing. Reprint edition. Harper Perennial, 2010.