Using Zettelkasten for quickly revising a master's thesis
[] Using Zettelkasten for quickly revising a master's thesis
I have to re-submit a master's thesis which has been rejected with major revisions required and the longer I take to complete this, my degree extends further.
I am relatively new to Zettelkasten (but have come across it earlier) and have just begun using Zettlr. I was trying to figure out whether for my use case, the method of Zettelkasten (which fascinates me) would be a good idea.
Previous experience suggests it is risky. I got hooked on Org-mode and Spacemacs spending time on setting it up when I had a deadline approaching. When I finally realised I was out of time, I quickly turned to drafting my work in Textedit (Mac) and polishing it up in Word for the final PDF submission. This was efficient given time crunch, familiarity with tools etc. and worked well for a shorter piece.
For (this) larger piece of writing (thesis) where arguments must be reworked and linkages made clear, Textedit workflows seem inferior, a bit non-existent/clunky and perhaps Zettelkasten+Zettlr can be a great aid given the nature of revisions required.
I am finding though that there is a high cognitive overload expended towards things like - is the file/folder tree structure logical and organised, is this the right way to write a Zettel, should I stick very stringently to a Zettel template offered by @ZettelDistraction, am I doing the linking right, tagging right, am I doing markdown aspects right (new to MD) so many doubts over I guess perfecting this system. Probably what led to this being my first attempt at a Zettel after much browsing through this forum, other forums/blogs like Zettlrs and so on, lots of delay. This is despite reading advice like this on not overthinking a first ZK note.
Two posts from this forum helped me so far - this first one on writing with deadlines but it was a bit for a more advanced application (journal manuscripts) and the author was already quite invested in using ZK. The second post on 6 months of thesis writing using ZK was more eye-opening and directly relatable. I realised I might have been somewhat mislead in hoping that the Zettelkasten method or Zettels themselves will kind of result in a quick final draft by mashing them together if I do the atomicised notes with enough clarity and proper process; no one else is directly responsible for this, it could be more of a case of wishful thinking and the second post may have helped correct some of that distortion.
In the long run, I'm quite sold on the idea of seeing emergence of ideas and building a ZK base and even on the idea that ideas from my thesis could contribute to that. In the short run, I can't afford to do what @Sociopoetic did and figure out to what extent it works through experience (@Sociopoetic also had the advantage of being already well-versed and had reasonably accurate tried and tested expectations to some degree of what the process could deliver). Finally, I can't afford to experiment because this would be the only chance to deliver the thesis with appropriate revisions - I need my system to work quickly and currently, it seems as if rather than getting me to revise and write ZK/Zettlr may be adding an extra layer making it even harder and lengthier than what can be afforded.
I also intend to ask perhaps more about Zettlr and its specific application in my use-case separately on their fora given my need for longform quick revision being used to more word processing UI's than Markdown.
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