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It might seem to be a simple step. Simply open a new document and start typing, right? But it’s rare for that to work for me. I like to get a strong working title and a summary before I write too much. John’s written about this earlier, after he discovered he could accelerate his composing process ~600% by producing an outline .
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realised I had been repeating the same process for every new post I work on. Like any good programmer, I realised repeating the same work over and over means that’s probably a fantastic chance for automation.
So I decided to create some templates for myself.
I began by developing a template for my most common Ghost blog article arrangement. Since that arrangement’s particular to me, I created a template based on how John constructions his articles, and another based on a writer whose work I respect.
For each template I’ve made a gist to show you what they look like. They’re only Markdown files, so go right ahead and save them, rename them if you like, and copy-and-paste the contents into a new file whenever you are ready to write. Click on the”view raw” link to the bottom of each list 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 using a couple of notes about what I should write in that segment. From the time I am done, I’ll have a rough sketch of what the finished piece will look like. This should make it simpler to enlarge my notes into fully-formed paragraphs and make them flow into each other well, because I understand the structure of the entire piece beforehand.
Using the template, I found that my summarizing procedure became more involved. I had actually planned to perform 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 set the draft off for another day.
On the other hand, I’d over 1600 words written in my outline, along with a solid idea about 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 usual, drafting took time because I had set myself up for success. Composing the draft was just a matter of taking each chunk of notes from the outline and filling out it into a readable paragraph or 2.
It had been quite a different process to the way I normally work, and that I was tempted a couple of times to prevent the additional research or thinking required to complete the outline correctly. I often put off these things till I’m drafting, and that’s when I must be centered 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’ve actually overhauled my outline and research process by using this template. It is a more productive part of the process now and makes printing easier. Hopefully it’ll lead to better work, too.
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