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It may look to be a simple step. Simply open a new file and begin typing, right? But it’s rare for this to work for me. I like to get a solid working name and an outline before I write too much. John’s written about this earlier, after he found he could accelerate his writing process ~600 percent by creating a summary first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realized I was repeating the same process for every single new article I work . Like any good programmer, I realised repeating the same work over and above means that’s probably a good opportunity for automation.
So I decided to create some templates for myself.
I began 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 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 only Markdown files, so go ahead and save , 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 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 by answering each dot point with a couple of notes about what I need to write in that section. From the time I am done, I’ll have a rough sketch of what the finished piece will look like. This should make it easier to enlarge my notes to fully-formed paragraphs and cause them to flow to each other well, because I understand the structure of the whole piece beforehand.
Using the template, I found that my summarizing procedure became much more involved. I’d really planned to do a full rough draft of the post in the early hours, but it took me a few hours simply to have the outline done, so I set the draft off for a different day.
On the flip side, I had over 1600 words written in my outline, along with a solid idea of what each segment would comprise and how they would work together to create a sense of flow from the post. Though outlining took more than normal, drafting took less time because I’d set myself up for victory. Composing the draft was only a matter of taking each chunk of notes from the outline and filling it out into a readable paragraph or two.
It had been quite a different procedure to how I normally work, and I was tempted a couple of times to avoid the additional research or thinking required to fill out the outline correctly. I frequently put these things off until I’m drafting, which is when I should be centered on writing rather. I stuck to it, however, and by the time I got around to writing the draft I was glad I had.
I’ve actually coined my outline and research procedure by using this template. It is a more effective part of the process now and makes drafting easier. Hopefully it will lead to better work, also.
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