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05/11/2011

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That helps, Diane. What would you have done different if you didn't have the gist of each chapter figured out? It sounds like your client did this for you.

Blessings, Lucy

""The book" is a nice clean document sitting on my computer screen just waiting to be filled in."

I have to say - THIS is the way my brain works. I love it!

hi zia diana! i am certainly going to use this :)

LUCYANN--You're right; my client is very organized. If he weren't it would take a lot longer than 20 days because we'd have to work through his elevator statement and objectives, build an outline/blueprint, etc. He gave me material that was already organized--a huge help.

SHERRY--glad someone else thinks the same way I do! And glad the tip was helpful.

HAILEY (my niece!)--I think you're already a better writer than I am. I can't wait to read what you're working on now. Love, Aunt Diana

This is a great tip Diana and only wish I'd learned it earlier! One question, after you use outline view do you go back in manually and add things like:
I.
A.
1.
if there is a way to do it within that view I can't figure it out...
I need to send the outline to someone!

Hi Sandi!

After I set up the manuscript in "outline view," I switch back to regular "print layout" to actually type and edit. It's a lot easier. That's where you'd add the info you want to insert. You'd go back to outline view only when you need it (eg to rearrange entire sections or to change the "level" of some text), but you'll mostly want to type in print layout.

Hope that helps!

Diana

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