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Three Reasons Why an Outline is so Important

Yesterday I talked about how to create an outline for your writing. Today I’ll show you what that outline will do for you.

An outline is a blueprint for creation of your book. Too many people think that you don’t need such a bluprint. After all, we know our subject well, we know what’s important and we know what we want to say. Just start somewhere and write.

Try this if you’re building a skyscraper. The process for the building is clear: Plan out the entire project before you start. Decide where the elevators will be, how the electrical will be run, how the air conditioning will work, what size the office suites will be, and where the windows will be placed. Imagine the mess if you didn’t do this.

Most self-published books are a mess because the authors think they can get away with no planning.

Your book outline is like the blueprint for a building. In it you decide how many chapters you will have, where you will place your stories and examples, which content you will use and in what order, and what you want your reader to do with the material you provide.

Here are three key reasons  why you need an outline:

  1. You will end writers block. Most writers block in non-fiction occurs because the writer does not have a clear idea where he or she is going with the book. If you don’t know what comes next, how can you write it? The outline eliminates this problem by giving you a clear list of exactly what you will write, how you will illustrate your material, and the progression you will take your readers through.
  2. You will write specifically to your target market. When you follow the outline steps of creating a theme, identifying your target audience and deciding what you will teach them, you create a book that is aimed directly at the people you most want to reach with your book.
  3. You will finish your book far more quickly. When you plan your book in advance, you eliminate a lot of the guesswork about content. You have already thought through the basics of your book so you can write from knowledge and write faster.

For many people it seems easier to skip the outlining step and get right to the chapters. This is a serious mistake that will set your book project back many months, create far more editing expense, and make a far less effective book.

I generally make sure that my clients outline their books first, then learn writing craft so that they become far more effective writers in the future.

Remember, planning works in writing just as it works in construction and business building.

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9 comments to Three Reasons Why an Outline is so Important

  • Kathryn

    I can see that using these tips…I can improve my blog and product creation. I do confront writers block frequently!

  • Kathryn

    I can see that using these tips…I can improve my blog and product creation. I do confront writers block frequently!

  • CoachJaneLee

    Lee:rnrnGreat analogy of the outline like that of a blueprint to the skyscraper. That really hones in on what an outline is and the benefits of having one.

  • CoachJaneLee

    Lee:rnrnGreat analogy of the outline like that of a blueprint to the skyscraper. That really hones in on what an outline is and the benefits of having one.

  • What great advice. Now that I have found your site maybe I will be able to learn the true art of outlining.

  • What great advice. Now that I have found your site maybe I will be able to learn the true art of outlining.

  • Kathryn

    I can see that using these tips…I can improve my blog and product creation. I do confront writers block frequently!

  • CoachJaneLee

    Lee:

    Great analogy of the outline like that of a blueprint to the skyscraper. That really hones in on what an outline is and the benefits of having one.

  • What great advice. Now that I have found your site maybe I will be able to learn the true art of outlining.

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