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It may look to be an easy step. Simply open a new document and begin typing, right? Nonetheless, it’s rare for this 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 speed up his composing process ~600 percent by creating an outline first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realized I was repeating the exact same process for every single new article I work on. Like any good programmer, I realised repeating the exact same work over and over means that’s probably a fantastic opportunity for automation.
So I decided to create a few 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 structures his articles, and another based on a writer whose work I respect.
For every template I’ve made a gist to show you what they look like. They’re only Markdown files, so go ahead and save them, rename them if you prefer, and copy-and-paste the contents into a new file whenever you’re ready to compose. Click the”view raw” link to the bottom of every gist to observe the plain text version, which you may copy to a new file in your favourite writing app.
With this template, I can start by answering each dot line with a couple of notes about what I should write in that segment. By the time I am done, I will have a rough sketch of what the final piece will look like. This should make it easier to expand my notes to fully-formed paragraphs and cause them to flow into each other well, because I know the structure of the whole piece in advance.
Using the template, I found that my outlining process became more involved. I’d really planned to do a complete rough draft of the post in the morning, but it took me a couple of hours simply to have the outline done, so I put off the draft for another day.
On the other hand, I’d over 1600 words composed in my outline, along with a solid idea of what each section would comprise and how they would work together to create a sense of flow from the post. Though outlining took longer than usual, drafting took less time since I’d set myself up for victory. Writing the draft was just a matter of taking each chunk of notes out of the outline and filling out it into a readable paragraph or 2.
It had been quite a different process to how I normally work, and I was tempted a couple of times to avoid the additional research or thinking necessary to complete the outline correctly. I often put off these things until I am drafting, and that’s 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’ve actually coined my outline and study process by using this template. It is a more effective part of my process now, and makes printing easier. Hopefully it will lead to better work, too.
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