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It might seem to be a simple step. Just open a new document and begin typing, right? But it’s rare for that to work for me. I like to get a strong working name and a summary before I write too much. John’s written about this earlier, after he found he could speed up his writing procedure ~600% by producing an outline first.
As I wrote an outline for a post this week I realised I had been repeating the exact same procedure for every single new post I work on. Like any good programmer, I realised repeating the same work over and above means that is probably a good chance for automation.
So I decided to create a few templates for myself.
I began by developing a template for the common Ghost blog post arrangement. Since that structure’s particular to mepersonally, I also created a template based on how John constructions his posts, and another according to a writer whose work I respect.
For every template I’ve created a gist to show you exactly what they look like. They’re only Markdown documents, so go right 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 on the”view raw” link to the bottom of every list to view the plain text version, which you can copy into a new file on your favorite writing app.
With this template, I can start with answering each dot line using a few notes about what I need to write in that segment. By 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 expand my notes to fully-formed paragraphs and cause them to flow into each other nicely, because I understand the arrangement of the whole piece in advance.
Using the template, I found that my outlining process became much more involved. I had really planned to perform a full rough draft of that post in the morning, but it took me a few hours just to get the outline done, so that I set off the draft for a different day.
On the other hand, I’d over 1600 words written in my outline, and a good idea about what each segment would comprise and how they’d work together to create a feeling of flow from the article. Even though outlining took longer than normal, drafting took less time since I had set myself up for victory. Writing the draft was just a matter of taking each chunk of notes from the outline and filling out it into a readable paragraph or two.
It was quite a different procedure to the way I normally work, and I had been tempted a couple of times to prevent the extra research or thinking necessary 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 stuck to it, though, and by the time I got around to writing the draft I was glad I had.
I’ve really overhauled my outline and research process by using this template. It’s a more productive part of the procedure now, and makes drafting easier. Hopefully it’ll lead to better work, too.
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