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It may look to be a simple step. Just open a new file and start typing, right? But it’s rare for this to work for me. I love to get a strong working title and an outline before I write too much. John’s written about this earlier, after he discovered he could speed up his writing procedure ~600 percent by producing an outline first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realised I was repeating the same process for every single new article I work on. Like any good programmer, I realized repeating the exact 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 creating a template for my most common Ghost blog post structure. Since that arrangement’s particular to mepersonally, I also created a template based on how John constructions his posts, and another based on a writer whose work I respect.
For each template I’ve created a gist to show you what they look like. They’re just 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 list to view the plain text version, which you can copy to a new file on your favorite writing program.
With this template, I can start by answering each dot line with a few notes about what I should write in that segment. From the time I am done, I’ll have a rough sketch of what the final piece will look like. This should make it simpler to expand my notes into fully-formed paragraphs and make them flow into each other well, because I understand the arrangement of the whole piece beforehand.
Using the template, I discovered that my outlining process became 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 have the outline done, so that I set off the draft for another day.
On the other hand, I’d over 1600 words composed 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. Even though outlining took longer than normal, drafting took less time because I had put myself up for victory. Composing the draft was only a matter of taking each chunk of notes from the outline and filling out it into a readable paragraph or two.
It had been quite a different procedure to the way I normally work, and that I was tempted a few times to prevent the extra research or thinking necessary to complete the outline properly. I frequently put off these things until I’m drafting, which is when I should be centered on writing instead. I adhered to it, however, and from the time I got around to writing the draft I was grateful I had.
I’ve really coined my outline and study process by applying this template. It is a more effective part of the process now, and makes printing easier. Hopefully it will lead to better function, also.
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