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It may look to be an easy step. Simply open a new file and start typing, right? But it’s rare for this to work for me. I like to have a solid working name and a summary before I write a lot of. John’s written about this earlier, after he discovered he could accelerate his writing procedure ~600% by producing a summary .
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realised I was repeating the same procedure for every single new post I work on. Like any good programmer, I realised repeating the same work over and over means that is probably a fantastic opportunity for automation.
So I decided to make a few templates for myself.
I began by creating a template for my common Ghost blog post structure. Since that structure’s particular to mepersonally, I created a template based on how John constructions his articles, and another according to a writer whose work I admire.
For every template I’ve created a gist to show you what they look like. They are just Markdown documents, so go 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 to the bottom of each gist to view the plain text version, which you may copy to a new file on your favorite writing program.
With this template, I can start by answering each dot line using a couple of notes about what I should write in that segment. By the time I’m done, I’ll have a rough sketch of what the finished piece will look like. This should make it simpler to enlarge my notes to fully-formed paragraphs and cause them to flow into each other well, since I know the arrangement of the whole piece beforehand.
Using the template, I found that my summarizing procedure became much more involved. I’d actually planned to do a complete rough draft of that post in the early hours, but it took me a couple of hours just to have the outline done, so I set off the draft for a different day.
On the flip side, I had over 1600 words written in my outline, and a solid idea of what each segment would comprise and how they would work together to create a feeling of flow from the article. Even though outlining took more than normal, drafting took less time because I had set myself up for success. Composing the draft was only a matter of taking each chunk of notes out of the outline and filling out it into a readable paragraph or two.
It had been quite a different process to how I normally do the job, and I was tempted a few times to avoid the extra research or thinking necessary to complete the outline properly. I often put off these things till I’m drafting, which is when I must be centered on writing rather. I adhered to it, though, and by the time I got around to writing the draft I was grateful I’d had.
I have really coined my outline and study process by using this template. It is a more effective part of the process now, and makes drafting easier. Hopefully it’ll lead to better work, too.