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It may look to be a simple step. Simply open a new document and start typing, right? But it’s rare for this to work for me. I like to have a solid working name and an outline before I write a lot of. John’s written about this earlier, after he discovered he could accelerate his writing procedure ~600 percent by producing a summary first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realised I had been repeating the same process for every single new post I work on. Like any good programmer, I realised repeating the exact same work over and over means that’s probably a good chance for automation.
So I decided to create a few templates for myself.
I began by developing a template for my common Ghost blog article structure. Since that arrangement’s particular to mepersonally, I also created a template based on how John structures his posts, and another according to a writer whose work I respect.
For each 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 prefer, and copy-and-paste the contents into a new file whenever you are ready to compose. Click the”view raw” link on the bottom of each list to view the plain text version, which you can copy to a new file on your favourite writing app.
With this template, I can begin with answering each dot point using a few notes about what I should write in that section. By the time I’m 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 cause them to flow into each other nicely, since I understand the arrangement of the entire piece beforehand.
Using the template, I found that my summarizing procedure became more involved. I’d actually planned to do a complete rough draft of that post in the early hours, but it took me a few hours just to have the outline done, so I set off the draft for another day.
On the flip side, I had over 1600 words composed in my outline, along with a good idea about what each segment would comprise and how they’d work together to create a sense of flow from the article. Even though outlining took more than usual, drafting took less time since I had put myself up for success. 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 had been quite a different process to how I normally work, and I was tempted a couple of times to prevent the additional research or thinking required to fill out the outline properly. I often put off these things until I’m drafting, and that’s when I should be centered on writing rather. I stuck to it, though, and by the time I got around to writing the draft I was glad I’d had.
I have actually overhauled my outline and study process by using this template. It is a more effective part of the process now and makes printing easier. Hopefully it will lead to better function, too.
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