Splitting pre-existing notes into new notes
As I build my note archive, my guiding principle is the idea of "one thought per note" (referenced in this post by Dan Sheffler--although the original post he links to is no longer available).
But where does one thought or idea end and another begin? I keep bumping up against this question as I write. It's a question that has metaphysical dimensions but also very practical ones (I'm concerned only with the latter here). How long should each of my notes be? In his now vanished post, Sheffler suggests anywhere from 50 to 500 words--however long it takes to express and elaborate upon the idea as clearly and succinctly as possible.
Some of my notes are just a few sentences long; others however, are multi-paragraph manifestoes, and feel too long. And so this raises a related question: is there a suggested workflow for splitting out ideas from original notes into new and related notes? If there's a lot of links to other notes, this requires quite a bit of reconstruction, as branches between related ideas are reestablished and taxonomies of related notes clarified and revised.
I'd be interested in hearing the perspectives of Zettelkasten veterans on these questions. Thanks!
Started ZK 4.2018. "The path is at your feet, see? Now carry on."
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