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Am I allowed to beat the drum for Scrivener again? :) Scrivener is a tremendously flexible writing program which allows you to rearrange your items easily, by dragging around icons, by putting up virtual cards on a corkboard, or setting things up in outline format (the Outline view is right in the top bar). Each item of your outline is a document, which ...


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It all depends on what you want on those cards. Since I tend to worry about the details of a scenario when I'm writing it specifically, I tend to be pretty rough when I plan like this, but I recommend four basic elements be on all of your notecards: What characters are there. Why they're there. What happens to them. How this affects the characters and the ...


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If it makes sense, by all means put text there. It’s not strange at all. Neither is not having text there and just starting a subsection immediately.


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A and B meet. A and B fall in love. Optional: A and B enjoy snugglebunnies. Obstacle gets between A and B. A and/or B overcome obstacle. Omnia vincit amor. (since it was requested that I turn this into an answer)


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I use mind mapping software (Freemind, Freeplane) to organize all of my writing projects. Blocks of text can be imported and then moved around as needed. You get a visual representation of your outline, as well as quick access to any part of your content. Areas that are completed, need content, or are under review are easy to mark with visual icons. When ...


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I use an extensive array of index cards. The core thing I learned about index cards is make sure you know what information you want to put on them before use and ask yourself before pulling out a fresh index card will a new card help to better organize my work, or will it obfuscate my process and clutter up my desk? Don't take clutter lightly. To much of a ...


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For each scene, I like to note: The POV character Goal: What the POV character wants in this scene. Obstacle: Who or what gets in the way of the POV character's goal. Result: Whether or not the POV character achieves the goal. If the character has a significant dilemma (more than a paragraph) in response to something that happens in the scene, I'll note: ...


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To answer the question in your title: yes! The question that I don't see asked is how long is your essay supposed to be? Is there a word limitation or expectation? If so, then that will influence the length of your essay and help dictate how much you need in your outline. As for the outline itself, I believe you have a very good working start. I like the ...


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Questions about "what to write about" are off-topic. But your question can be also interpreted as "how to start a novel" and so I'm going to answer that one. First a misconception on your side: I know nothing about writing. This sentence is only excusable as a citation. But your name is not John Snow. So forget about it, because writing this question ...


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After you write your first draft, you will see from actual use what terms are dependent on other terms. That will allow you to reorder your definitions and put the ones you need first in front. You're allowed to vary from your outline, and you're allowed to revise your outline. If you wrote a paper as you outlined it above and then realized that Cost and ...


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If you feel like the section needs an introduction, go ahead and put a little text there. If the heading is comprehensible on its own, then don't bother. Example: 1.1 has introductory text; 1.2 does not. 1. Star Trek Star Trek was a television show which originally aired from 1966 to 1969. It struggled in the ratings and was eventually canceled despite a ...


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I can highly recommend Circus Ponies Notebook. It uses the notebook metaphor and it has a page type that gives you an outliner. You can easily integrate media files as well. I use it for fictional and non-fictional writing, then put my outliner next to Scrivener to write it down (CPN has the advantage of optional checkboxes for each cell, so you always know ...


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Not enough points to add to Lauren Ipsum's answer, but I really do like Scrivener. It takes some time to get your head around, really. As you're calibrating to it, it can at first seem too simplistic, or overly complex, but it's really a whole bag of amazing. Not only will Scrivener allow you to outline and rearrange, but it also lets you store reference ...


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I have been doing a lot of my outlining/pre-writing work in Workflowy. It is technically a TODO app, but I like the bulleted and nested lists for outlining and refining. I sometimes write entire papers within Workflowy, using the nested zoom to refine and re-structure sections and paragraphs. You can export (via copy-paste) to other writing apps (msword, ...



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