Writing seems like a simple word, but doing it takes a long, hard process. That is if your aim is to create high-quality content. You cannot just write in any way you think is “okay” because good quality takes a good deal of effort and time. You have to know steps and strategies in order to produce pieces that are in no way mediocre.
One of the most important things to do is to write outlines before actually creating your article or story. It puts you at a great advantage, for real. Writers who value writing outlines first and foremost can attest to that.
Know more. Here are 4 reasons why writing outlines gives you a strong head start in writing your whole post. Read on, then write again.
1 – Outlines give you a solid plan.
Some people directly dive into writing the introduction without a clear vision of what lies ahead of the pages. That makes writing quite hard and uncertain at the same time. This is where writing outlines play a significant role.
Outlines give you a solid plan. Writing them basically means preparing yourself for what you are about to discuss. You are coming to a battle knowing the routes to take. This will help you prevent losing track and talking about things that are not really relevant to the topic at hand.
A plan lets you be sure of what the content of your piece would be. Through having clear outlines, you can gather the information you need and somehow rehearse putting them together.
2 – Outlines soften the hard part of starting on a blank page.
Taking the first step of something difficult and vague is always the hardest step. Taking the first step of what you are afraid to do is always the most difficult. But that does not mean you are incapable of doing it. Once you get through that first stage, the rest of the process will be highly doable.
Often, people think that the creation of a story or an article begins with writing the introduction. No. It should begin with writing outlines. When you attempt to get on with the opening of your listicle without an outline, you will have a taxing time later on.
Outlines soften the hard part of starting on a blank page. With the existence of outlines, you will know what your post will consist of. You will then have a good idea on what to say in the first part.
3 – Outlines help you organize your piece’s major points.
Ensuring that the flow of thoughts in your is smooth and thorough is a must! Cohesion of ideas is paramount! Readers will fully understand your content if the substance is effectively conveyed through good flow.
Outlines help you organize your piece’s major points, which is a huge need to achieve a sound content stream. If you have outlines, you will be able to determine the main matters you will talk about and also the explanations and components that will support and elaborate your major points.
Arranging and ordering ideas in a content and scenes in a story are all easier said than done. Outlines prevent you from getting astray. Writing outlines keep your mind clear and your creation clear.
4 – Outlines prevent you from repeating what you say.
One of the usual weaknesses of some writers is failing to notice how they have already repeated a point multiple times throughout the whole piece. It can happen sometimes, really. It’s probably because those writers keep emphasizing a detail, or because they just forget they already said that in other parts of the article.
Outlines hold you back from (unawarely) repeating what you say. That’s because the headings you put into your outlines categorize your thoughts in advance. They keep you in check, seeing to it that your ideas will be divided necessarily.
Observe the proper stages that the writing process holds. Realize how important every section is, and see how writing outlines keeps you progressing. The quality of your articles will also be satisfying and facilitative.
Enjoy your life working as a writer in a creative agency or independently. It’s not so easy, but outlines can help you big time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Orion Creative, a digital agency and design studio in Sydney, building greater possibilities for brands and businesses of all sorts. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.