Monday, June 17, 2024
Author Tips

The importance of outline to your draft

If you’re writing a nonfiction book, this blog post might come in handy to you.

Starting your draft with no structure to follow can lead to a disarray of thoughts. This arises from your stream of consciousness and, if unfettered, can jumble up your manuscript. Below are some tips to help you create an outline for your draft.

Do some reading

Reading popular essays about a topic you are working on can help in your outline formation. Do some research and gain insights into the works of others.

Set your objectives

After gaining knowledge from others’ works, now it’s time to set your own objectives. What do you want your readers to know that they have not yet learned from existing books?

Make a list of your main points

You can begin by creating a list of all the main points you want to highlight in your draft while ideas keep popping in your mind. You can do some brainstorming to explore ideas.

Organize your thoughts

After completing your list of objectives, identify what kind of structure you want to adopt for your draft. Are you writing a standard essay? A listicle? Arrange your main points in a logical order and then evaluate each point in order to see if it fits your objectives.

Jay Hogarth

Jay Hogarth is ARPress' resident content manager, responsible for all public-facing information posted on this blog and on the main site.

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