The order of events

It started with a list

So, I’ve said that structure is thinking what you’ve got to say (and just as importantly, now you’ve been thinking hard from your reader’s point of view, what you’re not going to say). It’s also about what order you’re going to write things in, and how you’re going to link from one bit to the next. We’ll get onto thinking about what is the right order in a tick, but how do you get down what you’ve got to say at all? Well, I write a list.

I write a list of all the points I’ve got to make. Not in great detail; a sentence or even half a one might cover a paragraph, a page, or a whole chapter of the finished piece. But each ...

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