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It may seem like an easy step. Just open a new file and begin typing, right? Nonetheless, it’s rare for this to work for me. I like to get a solid working title and an outline before I write a lot of. John’s written about this before, after he discovered he could accelerate his composing process ~600% by creating a summary first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realised I had been repeating the same procedure for every single new post I work . Like any good programmer, I realized repeating the same work over and above means that is probably a good opportunity for automation.
So I decided to make some templates for myself.
I began by developing a template for my most common Ghost blog post structure. Since that structure’s particular to me, I created a template based on how John constructions his articles, and another based on a writer whose work I admire.
For each template I’ve made a gist to show you exactly what they look like. They are only Markdown documents, so go ahead and save , rename them if you prefer, and copy-and-paste the contents into a new file whenever you are ready to compose. Click the”view raw” link on the bottom of each gist to observe the plain text version, which you may copy to a new file on your favourite writing app.
With this template, I can start with answering each dot point using a few notes about what I need to write in that segment. By the time I’m done, I will have a rough sketch of what the final piece will look like. This should make it easier to expand my notes into fully-formed paragraphs and cause them to flow into each other well, because I know the arrangement of the whole piece in advance.
Using the template, I found that my outlining process became much more involved. I’d actually planned to do a full rough draft of the post in the early hours, but it took me a few hours just to have the outline done, so I put off the draft for another day.
On the flip side, I’d over 1600 words written in my outline, and a good idea about what each section would comprise and how they’d work together to create a sense of flow from the post. Though outlining took longer than usual, drafting took time because I had set myself up for victory. Writing the draft was just a matter of taking each chunk of notes from the outline and filling it out into a readable paragraph or two.
It was quite a different process to how I normally do the job, and I had been tempted a couple of times to avoid the additional research or thinking necessary to complete the outline correctly. I often put off these things until I am drafting, which is when I must be focused on writing instead. I adhered to it, though, and from the time I got around to writing the draft I was glad I’d had.
I’ve actually coined my outline and research process by applying this template. It’s a more productive part of my process now and makes printing easier. Hopefully it will lead to better function, too.
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