Those who write and contribute valuable information to their field have a better chance of advancing their careers. What stops many people from putting their expertise in writing is that writing takes a lot of time.

Idea Markup Language (IML) promises to make writing easier by merging research, outlining, drafting, and editing into a process that allows writers to zoom in to the details and zoom out to the big picture in real time. Experts can use IML to structure their articles and send it off to writers. Writers can use it to move to get their thoughts out and restructure works without getting hung up on sentence execution or updating an outline. (Outlines can become outdated quickly.)

The operators of IML are defined here.

IML was born on June 16, 2010 by David Eisaiah Engel. Engel believes that IML should be completely open-source and free for the public to use commercially and privately. Currently, IML is being developed by a select group of writers and thought leaders. We're accepting new contributors to the project.

The goal of the IML development project is to:
  • Test and refine the IML framework
  • Make IML operators easy to use.
  • Provide examples and documentation. This will eventually be released as a public wiki on engeljournal.com under a creative commons attribution license.

Original IML for this page

{? why person be interested in IML} {problem = outlining skipped}{problem = ideas confused while sentence execution} {reference background info http://links.engeljournal.com/iml1}

{explain elegant solution = IML} {call to action = join the project}{this is a framework}{define end goal & the challenge of creative director passing of massive amounts of information to writers. less expensive writers.}{example = dan 8 hrs writing 8 articles. de 8 hrs IML ing the articles. 8 writers spending 8 hrs each on each article} {? is this the right example. can people relate}
    {? why would person want to join project}
    {? what would person want to do}
    {define the framework}
    {test with each other}
    {contributors join the wiki}
    {we're going to add rules and definitions.}
    {goal = make simple as possible}

{define requirements of joining the project} {people must show thought leadership} {have a writing portfolio} {real reason to make this work for them}.