Outlining

Outlining- Process of gathering and organizing your ideas before beginning a piece of writing.  Writing without outlining is like getting in a car and driving without knowing what your destination will be.

Benefits of outlining:

  • Helps you determine if you have enough information to write about a topic
  • Helps you remember your ideas
  • Helps you decide a logical and effective order to present your ideas
  • Helps you break your ideas into subtopics

Although it may seem like an extra step, an outline will save you time in the long run.  You will be less likely to get stuck, you won’t start writing about something only to realize you don’t have enough to say about it, and it will save you time on the editing process.

It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a collection of ideas.

Some helpful links here and here

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