Congrats on a post that has me doing something about it the moment I finish my comment.
Thesis/support essays convey a central idea clearly and succinctly. Because thesis/support essays open up and expand upon a single main point, they're suited to short reports, position papers, and critical analyses. Because they can, with practice, be written quickly, they're also handy for essay exams and letters of application or recommendation. As you become familiar with them, you'll no doubt see other uses.
Each scene gets it’s own slide and is sketched out using bullet points. I use the slide sorter to shuffle scenes. When I am happy with the results, I switch to Outline Mode. Then I cut and copy my outline into my manuscript.
I’ve been working on one particular novel for around eight years now. I first started it as a sophomore in high school, and have since gained an English Education degree. (I suppose I mention this because my age upon starting this novel seems relevant.) I have always loved to write, but it’s not something I do consistently, or have a lot of confidence in. Most of the writing that I do for this novel is simply making notes on the characters, plot, world, etc., in my journal that I keep for such things–not actual work on the manuscript itself. Often, I will go several months without adding anything into this journal, and even longer between bouts of “actual writing.”
We're geeks who tried to write a novel and got frustrated that there was no simple tool. So we're building it...ok, yes...it's procrastination.