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                  (The power of outline)
     Many people really desire to write a book. They go beyond the desire to picking up their pen to write, on and on they go until they get half way, then the flow cease, they cannot go further. They try to move on but they could not go further. There the journey of that book ends. I simply say it is because they have not done their first work. By the first work I mean, prepare themselves to write a book. Let me say here writing a book is into three parts.
1) Pre-writing steps. Getting set to write a book.
2) Main writing- The process of writing that book
​​​​​​3)  Pro- writing step - The steps taken after the you have done your main writing.
     Writing a story book is serious work, having a story concept alone is not enough. You need to do a diligent work in other to give your idea life using setting, plot, character, diction and other things your writing contains.
     Before you start your main writing, there are steps to follow.
1. IDEA - This is what your story is center round.
2. PURPOSE - Define the clear goal you want your book to achieve. This is still center round the idea but you give your a clear direction. For example if your idea is on HIV/AIDS - your purpose can be preventing mother and child transmission. This you will use your story to relate to others.
3. AUDIENCE - The people you are writing. You need to know your audience, it will guide your diction and the way you write. For instance, writing for children is different from writing for adults. The duo understand at different levels.  With the example given in number 2, you will know your audience are mothers, precises women with HIV. 
4. PLANNING - This is a very crucial stage where you begin to bring out what you want in your story.
- How you want to start your story.
- How you want it to flow.
- The setting.
- The character.
- The mood/tone of your story.
- The diction of your story.
- Point of your view. The angle you want your story to be told.
- Genre. Drama, poetry or prose.
     As you are planning your story, you begin to get to know some things you need do to make this story a good one. A good story is the one the reader can say, it is worth spending time to read.
* You might want to make research to get more information like meeting a doctor to tell you more on HIV transmission from mother and child.
* You might want to read a book.
*Face to face interview, you might know  someone who might have passed through that stage and would like to share the story.
* You can use the internet to get information.
* Brainstorming. Think, think, think.

5. OUTLINE
What is an outline?
Wikipedia- : A general DESCRIPTION or PLAN showing ESSENTIAL FEATURE of something but the detail.

MY DEFINITION: Outline is your work on sketch that gives you time to time direction with essential features on the next step to take as you write your main story.

    This is where the power to start and finish is, that is, if you are determine to write. Under the outline you line-out your plots in the style you prefer. With outline you write your story in summary bringing up every essential feature in setting, character that you want to talk about in every scene or chapter or verse. Your outline is the map of your writing that guides you. You break your big book into bits and work on every part as you want it to be in your main writing-book. Note that your outline is like summary not the story in itself.
     You outline your work from beginning to the end, during this process you must have meet some challenge that might have end your book if you had bursted into writing without your first work and conquer them. 
     As you make plans and write your outline, you will find out that somethings that you were probably not expecting coming up, give them deep thought, ask questions, make findings, conquer those things that can make you stop writing.
       With good outline, your work is half done, your story is structure in your style in summary. As a matter of fact, from your outline, you must have seen if your story would will achieve it purpose or not. 
      In case in the first outline, you didn't hit all you had in mind, patiently ruminate over it . Ask questions, what is missing, what is not in place, what is too much, what had to be removed. Jot them down and go on to write a better one. 

                 BENEFITS OF OUTLINE
1. It makes your work organised.
2. You know the beginning, the middle and the end of your story. This will help you not to stop your work half way. You have mapped it out in your outline. Your OUTLINE is a COMPLETE STORY in SUMMARY.
3. It helps you structure your work in the way you want
            (The power of outline)
     Many people really desire to write a book. They go beyond the desire to picking up their pen to write, on and on they go until they get half way, then the flow cease, they can not go further. They try to move on but they could not go further. There the journey of that book ends. I simply say it is because they have not done their first work. By the first work I mean prepare themselves to write a book. Let me say here writing a book is into three parts.
1) Pre-writing steps. Getting set to write a book. 
2) Main writing- Write that book.
3)  Pro- writing step - The steps taken after the you have done your main writing.
     Writing a story book is serious work, having a story concept alone is not enough. You need to do a diligent work in other to give your idea life using setting, plot, character, diction and other things your writing contains.
     Before you start your main writing, there are steps to follow.
1. IDEA - This is what your story is center round.
2. PURPOSE - Define the clear goal you want your book to achieve. This is still center round the idea but you give your a clear direction. For example if your idea is on HIV/AIDS - your purpose can be preventing mother  and transmission. This you will use your story to relate to others.
3. AUDIENCE - The people you are writing. You need to know your audience, it will guide your diction and the way you write. For instance, writing for children is different from writing for adults. The duo understand at different levels.  With the example given in number 2, you will know your audience are mothers, precises women with HIV. 
4. PLANNING - This is a very crucial stage where you begin to bring out what you want in your story.
- How you want to start your story.
- How you want it to flow.
- The setting.
- The character.
- The mood/tone of your story.
- The diction of your story.
- Point of your view. The angle you want your story to be told.
- Genre. Drama, poetry or prose.
     As you are planning your story, you begin to get to know some things you need do  to make this story a good one. A good story is the one the reader can say, it is worth spending time to read.
* You might want to make research to get more information like meeting a doctor to tell you more on HIV transmission from mother and child.
* You might want to read a book.
*Face to face interview, you might know  someone who might have passed through that stage and would like to share the story.
* You can use the internet to get information.
* Brainstorming. Think, think, think.
5. OUTLINE
What is an outline?
Wikipedia- : A general DESCRIPTION or PLAN showing ESSENTIAL FEATURE of something but the detail.
My definitiois tootline is your work on sketch that gives you time to time direction with essential features on the next step to take as you write your main story.
    This is where the power to start and finish is, that is, if you are determine to write. Under the outline you line-out your plots in the style you prefer. With outline you write your story in summary bringing up every essential feature in setting, character that you want to talk about in every scene or chapter or verse. Your outline is the map of your writing that guides you. You break your big book into bits and work on every part as you want it to be in your writing. Note that your outline is summary. 
     You outline your work from beginning to the end, during this process you must have meet some challenge that might have end your book if you burst into writing without your first work and conquer them. 
     As you make plans and write your outline, you will find out that somethings that you were probably not expecting coming up, give hem deep thought, ask questions, make findings, conquer those things that can make you stop outline.
With good outline, your work is half done, your story is structure in your style in summary. As a matter of fact, from your outline, you must have seen if your story would will achieve it purpose. 
In case in the first outline, you didn't hit all you had in mind, patiently ruminate over it . Ask questions, what is missing, what is not in place, what is too much, what had to be removed. Jot them down and go on to write a better one. 
BENEFIT OF OUTLINE
1. It makes makes your work organised.
2. You know the beginning, the middle and the end of your story. This will help you not to stop your work half way. You have mapped it out in your outline. Your OUTLINE is a COMPLETE STORY in SUMMARY.
3. It helps you structure your work in the way you want it(style)
4. Flow- you will have a good flow because on your outline you have understanding how to connect information to build your ideals into story.
5. Meeting your needs- in the process of writing, you get to meet some challenges in the progression of your story, here you will  meet it, solve it  and move on.
In the process of your writing, your outline something may want to stop you but use the weapons of deep thought and meditation. The heart of man is powerful and unique. It yield for your use  based on the level of engagement. Engage your mind deeply base on the issue that come up it (style).
4. Flow- you will have a good flow because on your outline you have understanding how to connect information to build your ideals into story.
5. Meeting your needs- in the process of writing, you get to meet some challenges in the progression of your story, here you will meet it, solve it  and move on.

     In the process of your writing, your outline something may want to stop you but use the weapons of deep thought and meditation. The heart of man is powerful and unique. It yield for your use  based on the level of engagement. Engage your mind deeply base on the issues that come up. 
       In case you have written your book halfway and abandon it, pick it up and I mean pick the idea all again and work on it, taking your pre - writing step serious as well as others.

Good luck!

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