Steven Pressfield’s Clothesline Method For Sequencing Ideas

In this episode of Verbal To Visual Video I share a wonderful visual metaphor that I learned from author Steven Pressfield. It’s a method that Pressfield uses to line up the major scenes and sequences of a novel before he gets down to the writing.

Strangely enough, at the core of this visual metaphor is a clothesline, hence the name of the thing: The Clothesline Method.

Watch the video above to get the whole story and learn how you might be able to apply this metaphor in your own work.

Notes & Links

Steven Pressfield's Clothesline Method For Sequencing Ideas - Verbal To Visual Video - Doug Neill - timeline, sequential ideas, iteration, visual note-taking, sketchnoting, doodling

Here is the post in which Pressfield first describes the Clothesline Method, and here is a follow-up post in which he revisited the metaphor.

I mention in the video that Pressfield had a big impact on my 2014 – here’s that full story.

Your turn. How will you use this method?


Want To Dig Deeper?

If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.

If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.

And if you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.