Outlining is dangerous territory.
Especially for nonfiction content. It more directly represents your personal thoughts and beliefs, the outcomes are often connected to you and your career, and the work tends to be tied to some kind of deadline. The importance of your message might have driven you to write, but that same importance can seriously bog you down.
The problem isn't knowing what to write, it's trusting yourself as you do. That's when "getting it right" turns into being objectively good or writing the way [insert author] does or being exciting enough or, or, or...
Without some clear, authentic-to-you constraints, it can be tempting to write Shrodinger's draft: as long as it exists in your head, it's both incredibly impactful and too awful to actualize...yet.
The 5 Minute Outline isn't a race to the publish line or a checklist to ensure perfection.
It's a practice in becoming present to your message, audience, and process.
A ghostwriter's approach to a writer's practice
Learn how to sit with your own writing process—in all its messy, explorational, not-yet-perfect glory.
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Part 1: Setup
Learn to see your work in the context of Big Idea nonfiction—well-rounded content that invites readers to a new way of thinking, being, or doing.
1. Genre and Device: What's a Big Idea?
2. Entry Points: What's YOUR Big Idea?
3. Quadrants: Narrow the Big Idea
4. Commandments: Land the Big Idea
Part 2: The 5 Minute Outline
A deep dive into the reasoning behind, uses for, and common hangups within each minute of the 5 Minute Outline, alongside variations you might use and a running example from How to Win Friends and Influence People.
5. Minute 1: What's the Key Takeaway?
6. Minute 2: Why Do We Care?
7. Minute 3: Why Do We Resist?
8. Minute 4: What Makes Us Believe?
9. Minute 5: What's the Big Invitation?
Part 3: In Practice
Once you have a 5MO, what do you do with it? Best practices for writing and revising without losing your mind, your confidence, or the thread of your message.
10. What Now?: When and How to Write from a 5MO
11. What Have I Done?: When and How to Revise from a 5MO
Part 4: 5MO in the Wild
A closer look at masterworks from each angle of the Big Idea genre to see if the 5MO can be spotted in finished works—from hypothesis, to revision, to final product. (Spoiler: It can!)
12. Big Transformation: 4-Hour Workweek
13. Big Breakthrough: Silent Spring
14. Big Experience: The Fire Next Time
How to Get Into Morpheus Mode
A Guided 5 Minute Outline
A Reluctant Drafter's Outline