How close to a final product you get in the Zettelkasten?
I replied to another thread here but realized I have a question of my own: how much of the organization of a final text should take place in the Zettelkasten?
In that other thread I mention that I'd like to see a Scrivener for plain text. The key with Scrivener is that it has a lot of organization tools that AFAIK no other writing app has. But maybe I'm relying too much on the editor for the organization. I do keep a Zettelkasten but I only collect literature/thought notes (as opposed to "evidence notes" or notes on primary sources). Most of the texts I write need to combine the two.
Does it make sense to try and capture all the materials needed for a document in the archive? If you keep all the text materials needed to write a document as notes in the Zettelkasten, how important are the organization features of the editor that produces the final document?
I'm thinking it is possible to strengthen the Zettelkasten and the whole process by adding these "evidence notes" and combining notes in arguments and outlines. The extreme version of this would be to export a final outline note that prints all notes linked on it. Then it would be the editor's job to do some light revision, making sure tables, figures, footnotes and references are in their place, and compiling the bibliography from the keys in the notes.
My problem with the "evidence notes" (sorry for the proliferation of note types) is that a range of texts need some sort of support that I wouldn't usually think about making a note for. Just as an example, how many COVID infections in the last X months or a couple of news articles mentioning a declaration by a politician that you use to illustrate a point.
Another problem is the style. A document straight out of notes would be either a brick to read or the Zettelkasten gets filled with paragraphs reformulating statements for different cases.
I believe a final document should have a lot of work on its end, hence the complaints about lack of organization features in plain text writing apps. I know Vim and Emacs come to mind when it thinking about great editors but having tried them I feel I take more time learning and configuring them than writing (not that Scrivener compiler is the most intuitive tool either).
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