The UVic Writer's Guide

The Essay Outline

Once you have determined your method or methods of development, put together a working outline. This plan can range from a brief sketch of main points to a detailed point-by-point outline complete with paragraphs and topic sentences. The idea is to provide yourself with a rough map of where the essay will go, making a diagram of your thoughts to sharpen and define your purpose. At this point you can also give your essay a working title. The outline shows where to begin and breaks the assignment into manageable parts.

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