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It may seem to be a simple step. Just open a new file and start typing, right? But it’s rare for that to work for me. I like to get a solid working name and a summary before I write too much. John’s written about this earlier, after he found he could accelerate 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 procedure for every single new post I work . Like any good programmer, I realised repeating the same work over and over means that’s probably a good chance for automation.
So I decided to create some templates for myself.
I started by developing a template for the most common Ghost blog article structure. Since that structure’s particular to me, I created a template based on how John structures his posts, and another according to a writer whose work I admire.
For every template I’ve made a gist to show you exactly what they look like. They’re just Markdown documents, so go right ahead and save them, rename them if you prefer, and copy-and-paste the contents into a new file whenever you’re ready to write. Click on the”view raw” link on the bottom of each list to view the plain text version, which you may copy into a new file on your favorite writing app.
With this template, I can begin by answering each dot point with a few notes about what I should write in that section. From the time I’m done, I’ll have a rough sketch of what the final piece will look like. This should make it easier to expand my notes into fully-formed paragraphs and cause them to flow to each other nicely, because I know the arrangement of the entire piece beforehand.
Using the template, I found that my outlining process became much more involved. I had actually planned to do a complete rough draft of that post in the morning, but it took me a couple of hours just to have the outline done, so that I set off the draft for a different day.
On the flip side, I had over 1600 words composed in my outline, and a good idea of what each section would comprise and how they would work together to create a sense of flow from the article. Though outlining took more than usual, drafting took less time since I’d set 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 the way I normally work, and I was tempted a few times to avoid the additional research or thinking required to fill out the outline properly. I often put off these things until I’m drafting, which is when I should be focused on writing rather. I stuck to it, though, and by the time I got around to writing the draft I was glad I had.
I have really overhauled my outline and research process by using this template. It’s a more effective part of the procedure now and makes drafting easier. Hopefully it’ll lead to better work, too.
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