By Angelo Sisante
Sometimes, despite all the planning, drafting, and brainstorming that you put into your paper, it still doesn’t make sense. Your ideas are all over the place, you feel like you are repeating yourself, and you’re entering panic mode. What do you do? Enter the Reverse Outline.
The Reverse Outline is a tool used to visualize the organization of your paper. Traditionally, Reverse Outlines use the subject sentence summary method. Essentially, you look at each paragraph, determine the topic of the paragraph, and then write a short sentence summarizing the topic. This allows a writer to see the progression of thought behind the paper’s organization; however, it also tests the organization of the paragraph. If you can’t summarize your paragraph in one sentence, then you know the paragraph is convoluted with too many subjects.