What is an outline?

An outline is an initial layout of your document. It will help you organize your ideas and visualize the structure of your document. Once you begin to write, your outline will help you to stay on track and not sway from your document's purpose.

Note: It can be tempting to skip the outline step, but we advise against this, especially when you are a beginner. Without an outline, your writing project can quickly get off-topic, become much longer than intended, exclude vital information/include unnecessary information, or become disorganized. An outline will streamline your writing by organizing your thoughts and ideas from the start.

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