On the other hand, moving away from the outline can also mean that you have lost your focus. How can you tell if you need to revise the paper or the outline? One method is to try a retro-outline, which means creating an outline from the paper once it is written (partially or entirely). This method is quite useful before handing in any paper, regardless of whether or not you made an initial outline. If it is difficult to create a retro-outline that makes sense and is clearly organized, then your paper needs revision. Your new outline can help you by showing you where the organization has broken down.
Writing Your Paper
If you have taken your time and written a well-organized, well-thought-out outline, then writing your paper, manuscript, or other document should be relatively easy, especially if you have used the sentence outline format. To write your document, simply use your main topics as the topic sentences of the paragraphs in your paper, and then use your subtopics as your supporting points and the sub-subtopics as the examples or explanatory text. Or for longer papers or books, you would use the main topics as the topic sentences for the introductory paragraphs in a section or chapter (and add other introductory information as needed), and then you would use the subtopics for the topic sentences of the supporting paragraphs, and the sub-subtopics for the sentences that add additional or explanatory text.