[FREE outline template available for download at the end]
Ah, the dreaded outline. Most of us hate the outlines our English teachers made us write. However, when done correctly, outlines can do most of the writing for us.
There are many types and formats when it comes to outlines, but no single format is perfect or the “right” one. The outlines you use should:
-be easy to use
-help you structure and organize your paper
-be effective tools in planning your essay.
If you’re a writer and you don’t read, you have no business being a writer. Reading is a fundamental part of being a writer because it is by reading books that a writer learns how to write. You can learn how to structure a sentence or create vivid characters of quality by reading great books and then emulating them.
Below are a few books on the writing craft that I believe every writer—of any genre—should have at his or her disposal.