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Organize your Thoughts

Aug 30, 2022
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When writers take up writing as a career, they usually get charged by confidence, at times over-confidence, and tend to scoff at the idea of making an outline before writing. They believe that planning their thoughts ahead of time will restrict their originality and result in rigid, uninspiring work. 

But, that’s not the case.  

Let us take a look at the process that can help us enhance our writing. 

1. Do some reconnaissance reading: 

It is always better to do a preliminary survey on the topic that you intent to work on first. If you don’t know your subject inside and out, you should do some reconnaissance reading. You may go to Google and see what other people have written about your issue. You can try to come up with new and creative approaches to it, such as an angle. 

The simplest technique to locate an angle is to skim the articles for knowledge gaps. As an example, consider this article. If you look up what others have written on how to make an outline, you’ll probably find a lot about the fundamentals of structure, but not much content on how to utilize outlines to improve your writing’s organization. 

Take notes while you read if you come across any noteworthy studies or quotes that you’d like to share. Make a note of the URLs as well, so you can link to them in your post. When you have all your information in one location, you will be able to write more quickly when the time comes. 

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P.S.: Don’t fall too far down the rabbit hole of research! Keep in mind that you’re merely conducting some reconnaissance reading. Over-researching is simple to do, and it wastes crucial writing time.  Write first, then conduct research. 

2. Write down your objective: 

It’s a good idea to set down an objective now that you’ve decided on an angle. What do you hope the reader will take away from this article? Consider your goal and see if you can summarize it in a single statement. 

Everything you write should contribute to your goal. An objective will keep you on track and prevent you from getting off track. 

3. Create a list of all the main points you want to make: 

This phase can be started while you are conducting your recon reading and thoughts are coming into your head. This is a quick way to generate ideas. Don’t put too much effort into organizing just now. You’ll find out more about that in the next stage. 

4. Organize, revise, and eliminate: 

It’s now time to organize the points list. Make a plan for the structure of your piece. Will it work as a series of numbered steps? Is this a listicle? Is it written in the traditional essay format? 

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Examine the ideas you’ve jotted down and arrange them in a logical sequence. Double-check to make sure that each point is relevant to your goal by. If you’ve gotten off track and inserted content that doesn’t truly belong in your piece, get rid of it. 

You might come across a few items that don’t exactly fit into your post as separate sections but are nonetheless worth mentioning. 

Start placing your outline into a standard format as you revise. This approach doesn’t have to be overly formal; simply sort everything into a numbered or bulleted list. (Use Roman numerals if you want to be traditional).  Topic segments should be included. Indent and include the points you’ll discuss in each paragraph under each topic segment. You don’t need to go into too much detail here; all you need is information that are adequate to help you remember where you’re going and stay organized and on track. 

Given below are a couple of the most technical ways to organize your thoughts: 

1. Chronological order: 

As a writer or storyteller, this is a frequent method of organizing thoughts that entails handing out ideas or data in chronological sequence, from first to last. It’s frequently utilized in expository writing (narrative that informs or explains) – especially when discussing a single event or a sequence of occurrences. 

Consider trying to persuade the principal why you shouldn’t be held in detention until the end of time when you were a kid. Yup! Because that’s how you ensure your listener/reader knows the context and details of a tale, you described the events precisely and in order. 

Every framework you employ should have transition terms to aid your readers in easily through the procedure. Transitional words and phrases in the chronological framework include: first, then, next, last, finally, and so on. 

2. Logical order: 

This is precisely what it appears to be. This framework is utilized to keep the reader from becoming confused. If you want your reader to understand one point before moving on to the next, you should structure your ideas in this framework. 

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