A blueprint is simply a brief oudine of what you'll cover. Here's an example:
From my point of view, we may classify risks as:
Let's look more closely at these
As a reader, you now know the structure of the document you've just begun to read: you know it has three parts, you know what they are, and you know the order they should appear in.
As a writer, you usually want your reader to be comfortable with the structure of your document. That way, your reader can spend more energy concentrating on its content.
A blueprint is especially important for documents longer than a page or so. Think of your document as a trip for your reader. The blueprint is like a road map—saying what various stops you're going to make along the way: "First, we'll look at noncommercial risks, then move on to political risks, and finally end with financial risks."
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