How can you write a good blueprint

Here are some tips for writing good blueprints:

• Consider highlighting (such as using bullets) to emphasize the blueprint list.

• Put a sentence after the blueprint telling your readers you're going to say more about each item ("Let's examine each step in detail"). That way your readers know they've read not just a list—but a list of the topics you're about to elaborate on.

• Be sure that the headings in the body of your document match the key words in your blueprint. For example, the first heading in the Consumer Reports article on buying a car is "Narrow Your Choices." The heading helps reinforce the structure of the document.

As I mentioned in Chapter 5, this may all seem mechanical. But when we're reading complex information, a clear structure is a huge benefit. The blueprint helps your reader understand that structure.

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