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It might look to be an easy step. Just open a new file and begin typing, right? Nonetheless, it’s rare for this 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 before, after he found he could speed up his writing procedure ~600 percent by producing an outline first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realized I was repeating the exact same process for every new post I work on. Like any good programmer, I realized repeating the same work over and over means that is probably a good opportunity for automation.
So I decided to make some templates for myself.
I started by creating a template for the most common Ghost blog article arrangement. Since that arrangement’s particular to me, I also created a template based on how John constructions his posts, and another based on a writer whose work I respect.
For every template I’ve created a gist to show you what they look like. They are only Markdown files, so go right ahead and save , rename them if you like, and copy-and-paste the contents into a new file whenever you are ready to compose. Click on the”view raw” link on the bottom of each list to view the plain text version, which you may copy to a new file on your favorite writing app.
With this template, I can begin by answering each dot line with a couple of notes about what I should write in that section. From the time I’m done, I will have a rough sketch of what the finished piece will look like. This should make it simpler to expand my notes to fully-formed paragraphs and cause them to flow to each other well, since I understand the arrangement of the whole piece beforehand.
Using the template, I found that my outlining process became more involved. I had actually planned to do a complete rough draft of the post in the early hours, but it took me a few hours simply to have the outline done, so that I put the draft off for a different day.
On the flip side, I had over 1600 words written in my outline, and a good idea of what each section would contain and how they’d work together to create a feeling of flow in the post. Even though outlining took longer than usual, drafting took less time because I’d put myself up for victory. Writing 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 was quite a different procedure to how I normally work, and I had been tempted a few times to prevent the additional research or thinking required to fill out the outline properly. I often put off these things until I am drafting, which is 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 glad I had.
I have really coined my outline and research process by using this template. It’s a more productive part of the procedure now and makes drafting easier. Hopefully it will lead to better work, also.
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