A sound advice:
Alan looked at me for what I remember as a very long time. “Just remember,” he said. “Turn every page. Never assume anything. Turn every goddam page.”
The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives
Outlines help you write any text
Interview with John Gruber on history of markdown, writing and podcasting.
Origins of markdown start at around min 11:00.
Derek Sievers shares his approach to journaling and recording your thinking
Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals
For me regular journaling works better on paper but topic journals are great way to capture thoughts and ideas on topics that may be more random and scattered.
I definitely agree with recording thoughts in .txt to ensure long term accessibility.
One thing I’d add is light formatting using markdown syntax.
such a great observation from Nicholas Bate
It’s tempting not to write the problem down for fear of making it real.
But the process of writing it down starts the process of reducing the problem, taming its power and identifying a solution.
Jagged Thoughts for Jagged Times 324
1. Should you write a book? You will always have something better to do, and thus IQ and conscientiousness are not necessarily your friends in this endeavor. And you are used to having them as your friends in so much of what you do.
7 more points are over at Marginal Revolution
Note-taking is not just a method for remembering. It is a way a writer tells himself, or herself, a story – and this becomes a process of life, a mode of being.
‘Messy attics of the mind’: what’s inside a writer’s notebook?
A writer’s brain is like a magician’s hat. If you’re going to get anything out of it, you have to put something in first.
The Self Education of Louis L’Amour
This neatly explains why you need to read in order to write.
Writing for friends and yourself can clear your thoughts, help you plan and invite the discovery of new ideas. Writing with the intention to put your thoughts out there leads to real writing. Writing gets real when it is read. Before that, it is a dream in letters. Writing to get read makes you careful, responsible, and considerate. It forces you to think as simply, clearly and understandably as possible. It forces you to think about how what you say may look and feel from the outside.
Take the Power Back – iA
The above post is one of the best ones I’ve read this year. I made at least a dozen highlights and finished it with a head full of ideas about how to improve my blog.
H/T to Patrick Rhone for sharing it on his feed.
Daniel Boorstein once said ‘I write to figure out what I think’. It’s a surprisingly accurate quote – until you sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) you have nothing. Not until you have a coherent work with a beginning, middle and end, AND a justifiable premise, AND the ability to defend it to other people’s attacks, you don’t really know what you think. Writing it out is a very, very different process than just having a half formed idea kicking around inside your head.
Ritholtz: Why I Write – The Big Picture
I share below quote only to realise it’s been a month since my last entry.
“Your podcast will reach more people than your book will. A blog post will reach more people than a podcast.”
“Everyone should write a blog, every day, even if no one reads it. There’s countless reasons why it’s a good idea and I can’t think of one reason it’s a bad idea.”
Seth Godin Explains Why You Should Blog Daily
The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.*
― Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book
writing is step two.
If you want to get something out of every book you read, you need to write about them. No you don’t have to publish what you write, but you do need to write.
How I make my book reading work for me
I quite agree with Curtis on this.
Despite it may be time consuming reviewing a book a writing about it makes the ideas from that book stick much much better.
And after all that is the goal of reading.