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The Reverse Outline

Sometimes I get so caught up in writing a paper that I lose sight of the overall structure, particularly if it’s a long one! When I am trying to evaluate the logical sequence and coherence of the arguments in a rough draft, I make an outline of what I have written. I usually include all of the main sections of my paper and the specific arguments under each, but it can be as skeletal or as detailed as you need. This can be helpful even if you already made an outline before you started drafting because the process of recreating your outline from the draft will enable you to a) focus on the overall picture and b) compare what you produced with what you intended to see what works best. I’d love to hear how this method works (or doesn’t) for you!


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One Response to “The Reverse Outline”

  1. Same problem here. Il see if this works :)