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1. Organize your notes. You cannot complete an outline without adequate, or organized, notes.

2. Decide your first main topic. This should be the most important topic in your document.

3. Write two or more supporting topics. These topics should describe and support the first main topic.

4. If there are details for the supporting topics, place the details with their relevant topics.

5. Continue this for the rest of the first main topic.

6. Next, decide on your second main topic. This should be the second most important topic of your document.

7. Write two or more supporting topics. As with number 3, these should describe and support your second main topic.

8. If there are are details for the supporting topics, place them with their relevant topics.

9. This procedure is repated until the thoughts (or notes) are completed.

10. Remember to use Roman numerals. If you do not have many notes, then the highest Roman numeral you should know would be X, or the number 10.

11. Be sure to always use this format: I, then A, 1,2, then B, 1,2. If there are more details about the supporting details, show it like this: 1, a, b, 2, a, b...and so on.

Example:

I. First Main Topic (most important)
A. First supporting topic
1. Details
2. More details
B. Second supporting topic
1. Details
2. More details
3. Even more details

II. Second Main Topic
A. First supporting topic
B. Second supporting topic
1. Details
a. details about the first detail
b. more details about the first detail
2. More details

III. Third Main Topic
A. First supporting topic
1. Details
2. More details
3. More details
B. Second supporting topic

IV. Final Main Topic
A. First supporting topic
B. Second supporting topic
C. Third supporting topic
1. Details
2. More details
3. More details
a. Details about the third detail
b. Details about the third detail

This is just one format that can be used, but the procedure is always the same. Organize your notes in an outline, and your document will flow better and be more coherent.