The step-by-step way to outline a chapter is this: 1. Write down the number and name of the chapter at the top of the page. 2. Write down the first chapter heading. 3. Indent, write an overview of the section. 4. Indent, and write down the first subheading, if applicable. 5. Indent, number and write down any significant informational points about the subheading. 6. Repeat with each subheading.