In the process of the editing / proofreading work I do for authors of all sorts, there's one thing about all others that makes a difference in the organization of written words - the outline. Think of it this way - would you move houses or go on a long journey without a plan?
We're taught basic outlining in elementary school and some of us haven't used the concept since. But whether you're writing an article, a blog or a book, it's critical to a smooth flow of ideas to jot down the basic structure before you begin. I've edited several projects that are very disjointed, repetitive, and disorganized - had the piece gone out like that, no reader would have grasped the information the author intended to convey.
Here's a simple way to start. Write down each major category you want to cover. Let's say, for example, you want to write a book for beginning artists. Categories might be materials needed, resources, kinds of pencils, kinds of paint, choosing a pad or canvas, etc. Look at it another way - think of file folders. What "folder" would you need to file your thoughts into?
Once you have the basic list written, add sub-categories of topics you want to cover. Check the order of what you've written - does the flow and structure reflect where you want to take the reader?
Next time you have anything to write, try this out - you'll find it's a lot easier to flesh out an effective, easy-to-read piece!
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