The background might be an important component of your story. After all, the readers might need some of the following elements to fully understand your story:
But readers don’t need this material first. That’s why you:
Remember, the background comes third.
Good story structure starts with the details, then expands to the background.
Don’t start wide, then get granular
XYZ Company is known around the world for exceptional-quality petroleum-based pet food solutions.
Many people may not know that XYZ Company is also building a global reputation for energy-efficient operations.
In just the last year, XYZ Company has saved 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. That’s the amount of energy used by 9,500 typical homes each year.
Instead, start with the details, then broaden to the background:
… Then expand to the background.
XYZ Company saved 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity last year — enough to fuel 9,500 typical homes a year.
It’s all part of XYZ Company’s new mission to build a global reputation for energy-efficient operations.
XYZ Company — maker of petroleum-based pet food solutions — is going green by …
So start with the lead, follow up with the nut graph and then deliver the background.
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