“A School Scene,” which you see in the photo above, is beautiful. But it has too much going on to be a blog post.
Blog posts should focus tightly on one topic. Like the painting section below, which shows three men sitting below a tree.
A white paper is the longest piece most advisors will write. Its length means it might be able to accommodate the entire painting.
Like a blog post, a white paper should focus on a single theme. However, it offers more opportunities for depth and diversions.
In a white paper, the painting section in the upper right-hand corner would dominate. You’d work in the other areas of the painting to the extent they support the dominant section’s theme. An area with a weak, yet useful connection might become a sidebar, isolated in a box so it wouldn’t disrupt the main argument’s flow.
Some of the decorative elements in this painting might be too much for a white paper. They might be appropriate for a scholarly article, fiction, or a full-length book.
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