Planning your Writing

A primary tool for a writer is making a plan or outline before starting to write. Planning enables you to:

■ organise your thoughts efficiently

■ decide on the most effective way to present your information.

■ keep to a logical sequence of points and not wander off on a tangent

■ remember all the information that must be included

■ cut out unnecessary or irrelevant bits

Of course a plan can be changed. Writing is an exploratory process and as the piece is being written and assembled the outline can be amended to take account of additional points or to change emphasis. A plan is simply a tool to ease the writer's task: it should remind you of what to do, not dictate to you.

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