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Storing fleeting and literature notes

Where do you store fleeting notes and literature notes before turning them into permanent notes in The Archive?

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Rishabh

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  • Fleeting notes are generally paper, scraps, post-it notes etc. I use a notebook, but the majority of my fleeting notes end up stuck to the soles of my shoes.

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  • @rishabh said:
    Where do you store fleeting notes and literature notes before turning them into permanent notes in The Archive?

    Fleeting notes are, well, fleeting. Keep them in whatever temporary storage container / medium that you want and toss them later.

    Literature notes - well, what do you mean by that? The term means something different to different people. Some people manage them using Zotero or similar, with a link in their permanent notes (zettels). Others just incorporate them into the body of their zettels. Others (like me) quote the most relevant parts and then include a reference to source at the end of each zettel.

    It all depends on what the term means to you and what works best for you.

  • Notes considered fleeting are just that, here today, gone tomorrow. I try to get rid of them before they ferment, stinking up the place. It bothers the wife. The recycling bin is their final resting place.

    The one exception is digital notes and highlights. I import them into The Archive and use them as scaffolding for editing.

    Will Simpson
    “Read Poetry, Listen to Good Music, and Get Exercise”
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