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It may look like a simple step. Just open a new document and start typing, right? But it’s rare for that to work for me. I love to get a solid working title and a summary before I write too much. John’s written about this earlier, after he found he could speed up his writing process ~600 percent by creating a summary first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realised I was repeating the same process for every new article I work . Like any fantastic programmer, I realised repeating the same work over and above means that’s probably a good chance for automation.
So I decided to create some templates for myself.
I began by creating a template for my common Ghost blog post arrangement. Since that structure’s particular to mepersonally, I created a template based on how John constructions his articles, and another based on a writer whose work I respect.
For every template I’ve made a gist to show you exactly what they look like. They are 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 on the”view raw” link to the bottom of every 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 begin by answering each dot point with a couple of notes about what I should write in that section. By the time I’m done, I’ll 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 cause them to flow into each other well, since I understand the structure of the entire piece beforehand.
Using the template, I discovered that my summarizing procedure became more involved. I had actually planned to do a full rough draft of that post in the morning, but it took me a couple of hours simply to have the outline done, so I set off the draft for a different day.
On the other hand, I’d over 1600 words written in my outline, and a solid idea of what each section would contain and how they would work together to create a sense of flow in the post. Even though outlining took longer than normal, drafting took less time because I’d put myself up for victory. Composing 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 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 complete the outline correctly. I often put these things off till I am drafting, and that’s when I should be focused on writing instead. I stuck to it, though, and from the time I got around to writing the draft I was grateful I’d had.
I have actually overhauled my outline and study process by applying this template. It is a more effective part of the process now and makes drafting easier. Hopefully it will lead to better work, too.