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It may look to be a simple step. Just open a new document and start typing, right? But it’s rare for that to work for me. I like to have a solid working title and a summary before I write a lot of. John’s written about this before, after he discovered he could speed up his writing process ~600% by creating a summary first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realized I had been repeating the exact same process for every new post I work . Like any good programmer, I realized repeating the exact same work over and above means that is probably a good opportunity for automation.
So I decided to create some templates for myself.
I began by developing a template for the common Ghost blog article arrangement. Since that structure’s particular to me, I also created a template based on how John constructions his articles, and another according to a writer whose work I respect.
For each template I’ve made a gist to show you what they look like. They’re just Markdown documents, so go ahead and save them, rename them if you like, 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 each list to view the plain text version, which you may copy into a new file in your favourite writing app.
With this template, I can start with answering each dot point using a few notes about what I need to write in that section. By 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 understand the arrangement of the whole piece in advance.
Using the template, I discovered that my outlining process became much more involved. I’d really planned to perform a complete rough draft of the post in the morning, but it took me a couple of hours simply to get the outline done, so I put off the draft for a different day.
On the other hand, I had over 1600 words written in my outline, and a good idea about what each segment would comprise and how they would work together to create a sense of flow from the article. Though outlining took more than normal, drafting took less time because I had set myself up for success. Composing the draft was just a matter of taking each chunk of notes out of the outline and filling it out into a readable paragraph or 2.
It had been quite a different procedure to the way I normally work, and I was tempted a few times to avoid the extra research or thinking required to fill out the outline properly. I frequently put these things off until I’m drafting, and that’s when I should be focused on writing rather. I adhered to it, however, and by the time I got around to writing the draft I was glad I had.
I’ve really coined my outline and study procedure by applying this template. It’s a more effective part of my process now, and makes drafting easier. Hopefully it will lead to better function, also.
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