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It may seem like an easy step. Simply open a new document and begin typing, right? But it’s rare for this to work for me. I love to get a solid working name and an outline before I write too much. John’s written about this earlier, after he found he could speed up his writing process ~600 percent by producing an outline first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realised I had been repeating the same procedure for every single new article I work . Like any fantastic programmer, I realised repeating the same work over and above means that is probably a good chance for automation.
So I decided to make some templates for myself.
I started by creating 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 structures his articles, and another according to a writer whose work I respect.
For each template I’ve made a gist to show you what they look like. They are only Markdown documents, so go ahead and save them, rename them if you prefer, and copy-and-paste the contents into a new file whenever you’re ready to compose. Click the”view raw” link to the bottom of every list to view the plain text version, which you may copy to a new file in your favorite writing app.
With this template, I can start by answering each dot line with a couple of notes about what I need to write in that section. From the time I am done, I’ll have a rough sketch of what the final piece will look like. This should make it easier to enlarge my notes into fully-formed paragraphs and cause them to flow into each other well, because I know the structure of the entire piece beforehand.
Using the template, I found that my outlining process became much more involved. I’d actually planned to perform a complete rough draft of that post in the early hours, but it took me a few hours just to get the outline done, so I set the draft off for a different day.
On the other hand, I’d over 1600 words written in my outline, along with a solid idea about what each section would comprise and how they’d work together to create a sense of flow from the article. Though outlining took more than normal, drafting took less time because I had put myself up for victory. Writing the draft was just a matter of taking each chunk of notes out of the outline and filling it out into a readable paragraph or two.
It was quite a different process to how I normally work, and I had been tempted a couple of times to avoid the additional research or thinking necessary to fill out the outline properly. I often put off these things until I’m drafting, which is when I must be focused on writing instead. I adhered to it, however, and by the time I got around to writing the draft I was glad I had.
I’ve really overhauled my outline and research process by applying this template. It’s a more effective part of the process now, and makes printing easier. Hopefully it will lead to better function, also.
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