Why use storylines?

Using storylines helps you get better and faster results from your writing

Many of us think to write, which is useful but also comes with inherent risks. For example, it is easy to become wedded to your writing rather than on the results you want to achieve from that writing. As one prominent Australian CEO said, it is easy to focus more on the writing itself than the thinking that underpins it.

There are, however, techiques you can employ to help you focus on your thinking before you write and speed up your writing process. Here are three:

  1. Building storylines requires you to sort your ideas into a visual hiearchy, which makes it easier to identify what belongs where within the hierachy than when working with written prose or PowerPoint charts
  2. Using a storyline helps you see not only what is a higher or lower order idea, but how the ideas at each level and sub level are logically related to each other
  3. Wrestling with and agreeing one-page storylines that outline your top level argument with your peers and project sponsor before you write, will save you time and lead to a better result. This way you can test your thinking before you become wedded to your document.