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It may seem to be a simple step. Just open a new document and start typing, right? But it’s rare for this to work for me. I like to have a strong working name and a summary before I write too much. John’s written about this earlier, after he discovered he could accelerate his writing procedure ~600 percent by creating an outline 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 . Like any fantastic programmer, I realized 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 began by creating a template for the common Ghost blog article arrangement. Since that structure’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 every template I’ve created a gist to show you what they look like. They are just 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 write. Click the”view raw” link to the bottom of every gist to observe the plain text version, which you can copy to a new file in your favorite writing program.
With this template, I can start with answering each dot line with a few notes about what I should write in that section. From 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 expand my notes into fully-formed paragraphs and cause them to flow into each other nicely, since I know the structure of the entire piece beforehand.
Using the template, I found that my summarizing procedure became more involved. I had really planned to perform a complete rough draft of that post in the early hours, but it took me a few hours simply to have the outline done, so that I set the draft off for another day.
On the flip side, I had over 1600 words written in my outline, along with a good idea about what each segment would comprise and how they would work together to create a feeling of flow in the post. Even though outlining took more than usual, drafting took time because I had 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 was quite a different process to the way I normally work, and I was tempted a few times to prevent the additional research or thinking necessary to fill out the outline correctly. I often put these things off till I’m drafting, and that’s when I should be centered on writing rather. I adhered to it, however, and from the time I got around to writing the draft I was glad I’d had.
I have actually overhauled my outline and research process by using this template. It’s a more effective part of the process now and makes printing easier. Hopefully it’ll lead to better work, also.