Creating a Writer’s Step Sheet in Powerpoint

Since some people love their powerpoint, I thought I’d share the following I found on how to make a writer’s step sheet using it. Enjoy!


When I wrote a 1,000 word article, I don’t need an outline. I can keep everything straight in my head. In fact, in many cases, I create an outline and then flesh it out. I can’t possibly keep all of the twists and turns of a novel in my head. I get lost. When I don’t have an extended outline, I can lose my way, or worse yet, spend many hours writing material that I throw away.
You can easily create a stepsheet in any word processing program that provides outlining capabilities, and you can also create a stepsheet using special programs that you can buy on the Internet. You’ll know what’s right for the way that you write. Here’s why I sometimes use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a stepsheet:

  • It’s easy for me to drop in one item on one screen.
  • I can set Microsoft Powerpoint to display a slide show that displays every slide automatically, or any number of slides–like the slides that comprise chapters 1, 2 and 3 only.
  • I can make a voice recording for each slide, and have the PowerPoint show read me the stepsheet. In this way I can hear as well as see the spreadsheet.
  • I sometimes export the spreadsheet to a Microsoft Word document, and use it to write my novel.

It’s easy to create a stepsheet in Microsoft PowerPoint. All you need to do is open a new PowerPoint presentation and start typing. However, these tips make it easier for me to use the stepsheet that I create. Perhaps, they will also help you.

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An interesting technique that might also be applicable to Audio Drama planning, using each Powerpoint Slide to represent a scene and then having notes and moving them around as needed to structure the show.

2 thoughts on “Creating a Writer’s Step Sheet in Powerpoint

  1. Good advice! However, you undercut yourself by having a tense fault in the first sentence and, later, an incomplete sentence (“I can color some of the text to indicate where I want to have dramatic…”).

    • Hi Donald,

      Actually, I didn’t write that, the original writer did, and I left the mistakes in because it wasn’t my text. However, I did make the serious mistake of assuming the reader would be able to tell that was quoted material from that little notation at the top, so I’ve altered it to make things more clear. Thanks for pointing that out! πŸ™‚


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