The Truth about Outlines

They Rarely Last Through the Drafting

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Are You Part of the 6 Percent?

I recently conducted a survey of over 400 nonfiction authors, both published and not-yet published. Of those with published books, about half had worked with traditional publishers, which meant they had submitted a book proposal with an outline.

  • More than a third (34 percent) had major deviations
  • Three percent ditched the original outline completely
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Outline, Then Grow

Outlines serve many purposes: they keep us on task, help us scope the work, and make us think critically about the thing we’re writing.

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