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It may look like a simple step. Simply open a new document and start typing, right? But it’s rare for this to work for me. I love to have a solid working title and a summary before I write too much. John’s written about this before, after he discovered he could speed up his composing process ~600 percent by producing a summary .
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realized I was repeating the same procedure for every single new article I work on. Like any good programmer, I realized repeating the same work over and over means that’s probably a good opportunity for automation.
So I decided to make a few templates for myself.
I started by developing a template for the most common Ghost blog post arrangement. Since that arrangement’s particular to me, I created a template based on how John constructions his articles, and another according to a writer whose work I admire.
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 prefer, 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 gist to observe the plain text version, which you can copy to a new file in your favourite writing program.
With this template, I can start with 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 finished 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 well, since I know the arrangement of the entire 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 that post in the morning, but it took me a few hours just to get the outline done, so I set off the draft for a different day.
On the flip side, I’d over 1600 words composed in my outline, along with a good idea of what each section would comprise and how they would work together to create a feeling of flow from the post. Though outlining took longer than usual, drafting took time because I’d set myself up for success. Writing the draft was just a matter of taking each chunk of notes from the outline and filling it out into a readable paragraph or 2.
It had been quite a different process to the way I normally work, and I had been tempted a few times to prevent the extra research or thinking necessary to fill out the outline properly. I often put off these things until I am drafting, which is when I must 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’ve actually overhauled my outline and research procedure by applying this template. It is a more effective part of my process now and makes drafting easier. Hopefully it’ll lead to better function, too.
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