In fact, a lot of writers are bound to get lost or sidetracked if they don't outline their essays before they begin to write. New examples bring to mind new ideas, and these find a place in the list of phrases, canceling out some of the original ones. Besides, I'll bet many of you did the exact same thing I did: you went ahead and wrote your essay first, and then wrote your outline from the essay, rather than vice versa, as it was supposed to be.
The writer keeps adding and subtracting, juggling and shifting, until he has his key points in an order that makes sense to him.
Outlines are usually in the form of a list divided into headings and subheadings that distinguish main points from supporting points.
Often you will jot them down in more or less logical order, but even if you don't, it usually takes only a minute to rearrange them.
If it was a phrase outline, each part had to be written as a phrase, and all of the phrases had to be in parallel form--all infinitive phrases, or all gerund phrases, or all noun phrases. Ebbitt Using the Outline as a Draft "Outlining might not be very useful if writers are required to produce a rigid plan before actually writing.
From them grow fragmentary statements, tentative generalizations, hypotheses.