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?

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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.