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It may seem to be an easy step. Just open a new document and begin typing, right? But it’s rare for that to work for me. I like to get a strong working name and a summary before I write a lot of. John’s written about this before, after he found he could accelerate his composing procedure ~600% by creating an outline first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realised I was repeating the same procedure for every new article I work on. Like any fantastic programmer, I realized repeating the exact same work over and over means that’s probably a fantastic opportunity for automation.
So I decided to create a few templates for myself.
I started by creating a template for the common Ghost blog post arrangement. Since that arrangement’s particular to mepersonally, I also created a template based on how John structures his posts, and another based on a writer whose work I admire.
For each template I’ve created a gist to show you exactly what they look like. They’re just Markdown documents, so go ahead and save them, rename them if you like, and copy-and-paste the contents into a new file whenever you’re ready to write. Click the”view raw” link on the bottom of each gist to observe the plain text version, which you can copy into a new file on your favourite writing app.
With this template, I can begin by answering each dot line with a few notes about what I should write in that section. By the time I am done, I will have a rough sketch of what the finished piece will look like. This should make it easier to enlarge my notes to fully-formed paragraphs and make them flow into each other nicely, because I know the arrangement of the entire piece in advance.
Using the template, I found that my outlining process became more involved. I’d really planned to do a full rough draft of that post in the morning, but it took me a couple of hours just to have the outline done, so I set the draft off for a different day.
On the flip side, I’d over 1600 words written in my outline, and a solid idea about what each segment would contain 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 put myself up for victory. Composing the draft was only a matter of taking each chunk of notes from the outline and filling it out into a readable paragraph or two.
It had been quite a different procedure to how I normally do the job, and I was tempted a couple of times to avoid the additional research or thinking necessary to fill out the outline correctly. I often put off these things till I’m drafting, and that’s when I must be centered on writing rather. I stuck to it, though, and from the time I got around to writing the draft I was grateful I had.
I’ve actually coined my outline and research process by using this template. It is a more productive part of the process now, and makes drafting easier. Hopefully it will lead to better work, also.
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