A great professor once told me that you’re either a heavy planner or a heavy reviser. Some people can plot out every step of a project and follow through inturn, while others need to get their hands dirty in order to make anything worthwhile. Personally, I think George Burns had it right:
The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us not but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
This isn’t to say that planning is innately useless; it has its place in project development. Revisers have to approach planning as a guideline and a tool. In that spirit, let me say that preliminary outlining is a rough sketch, not a stone tablet. Here’s how to outline anything.
Start with Brainstorming
Decide on a Style
Remember the Rule of Three