How to Outline Anything

"Amazon Kindle E-Reader Ereader Eink E-Ink" by Unsplash is dedicated to the public domain under CC0.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



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