When is a Zettelkasten not helpful for writing / understanding the true advantages of the ZK
Hi, the Zettelkasten seems to work best for long-term writing projects and the magic seems be in connecting ideas and thoughts with one another that build over time. Under the circumstance in which you are writing a short paper, an article, a blog post, a business proposal or other document that will not be a long term project, is the ZK approach to notetaking, drafting, and outlining still the best method to use?
More specifically, let me showcase the general workflow as I understand it, and then pose the question on whether this method always works best. Also feel free to correct my workflow if I've misinterpreted from the posts on this website I've read.
Assuming you don't already have information in your ZK on the topic...
2. Cluster notes
3. Input into Zettel, make connections
4. Create document outline
5. Insert note references into draft
6. Replace note references with the Zettel text
7. Repeat as necessary until draft is complete
Are there circumstances in which you've found it more advantageous to skip steps 3-6 and just start typing your draft out after consolidating notes / pulling out themes? I recognize the obvious advantage that adding notes in the ZK first allows you to pick up on connections from existing notes. But if the topic is quite small, given its a small paper, or a focused topic, so connection advantages are limited, are steps 5 and 6 still a better way to compile a document? Because if not for making connections to existing Zettel, and if the paper is not complex, I'm not sure the advantages of having Zettel references first before inserting the Zettel content.
For simpler writing projects I was actually seeing this workflow to be more cumbersome than helpful but I was wondering if this was perhaps because I'm very new at this and if it would become better and faster over time. Or if I need to recognize and acknowledge the times to use the ZK method and the times not to.
@ctietze do you always use this approach when you write this blog for example?
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