Creating a Writing Outline
A writing outline is a great way to organize your ideas. Although an outline is a great brainstorming activity, you should only use an outline when you have a clear thesis. Why? Because if you haven’t really decided what points you want to discuss in your paper, then writing an outline can seem tedious.
Without having a clear idea of what you want to write about or some ideas, it is hard to organize them. If you are stuck on what to write, click here to try these other pre-writing techniques to get some writing ideas.
An outline is a more formatted way to organize your ideas.
Writing an outline allows you to break down your thesis into parts in a clear and ordered manner. If you haven't yet wrote a thesis, click here for great information on how to write a thesis.
Many people discover that writing an outline before starting a paper is extremely helpful in organizing one’s thoughts.
Although creating an outline may be more time consuming, there are tons of reasons why it can be helpful.
Below are some reasons why you may decide to use a writing outline:
If you decide that you want to do an outline for your writing, really take the time and develop a great outline. A well written and thought-out outline will make your paper easier to write.
The basic format for an outline involves alternating between a series of numbers and letters. These letters and numbers are indented to show the level of importance as well as the placement in your paper.
*NOTE: You do not have to follow this method. Whether you follow these writing outline suggestions is up to you, but making any kind of outline (even just writing down some main ideas) will be beneficial to your writing process.
You do not need to use the same letter and number format. Everyone outlines differently. An outline is not something you would typically turn in, so do what works best for you.
Remember: Find a system of organizing your ideas that work for you. Click here to see a list of prewriting writing ideas that can help you decide on a method.
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