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Creating an Outline

  Once you have grouped your ideas, you should begin an outline for your writing. Outlining can help you organize and develop your material. An outline is a formal organized list of the ideas, explanations, details, examples, and other supporting points in an essay. Writing an outline makes writing the essay easier.

When you create an outline, you divide your writing into major components or headings and then arrange your ideas under those headings. It can help you focus the main controlling idea, identify the main points, and develop an organizational plan.

After you have gathered ideas and organized your thoughts, it is necessary to create an outline. Each essay type has a different outline formula. The following pages show examples of these formulas.