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How I use Outlines to Write Any Text

imageHow I use Outlines to Write Any Text

The Zettelkasten note-taking method has made book writing and writing scientific papers easy for hundreds of years already.

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  • N.B.: This link currently referenced in the last paragraph is no longer good: "The smaller my toolkit, the less I have to rely on others."

    I found a current link that works, https://frankchimero.com/blog/2014/no-new-tools/

  • Thanks for reporting this! Fixed it, will update in a sec!

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

  • Really enjoyed reading the outlined screenshot and getting a glimpse of your outline for the article. I appreciate the Behind the Scenes

  • @ctietze Thanks for the post, it was an interesting read! Outside making some rough overview of things, I never really leveraged outlining. I might have missed it, but I am very curious, does this mean that all your latest Zettels are written as outlines too? Or are they only done so initially?

  • In my David Epstein verzetteling Videos, you see I do all kinds of things in practice. Sometimes I start with a quote and comment on in, but for structure notes or the book overview, I start with an outline and stay in its confines.

    I also don't outline my forum posts. At least not many. And most blog posts stem from observation or "lab" notes while I am programming, which doesn't really qualify as an outline. But this technique is still useful, even though I don't use it for every text :)

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

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