Some people claim seeing your old notes and annotations when you return to a favourite book enhances the experience. I beg to differ.
In which I am astonished by a reminder of how I used to work.
In which I unwittingly mimic my hero with the aid of an old chopping board.
An exploration of how Darwin kept track of his various notes, enabling him to produce a huge body of work.
An overly nerdish description of the taxonomy I use to classify my various notes.
Collections of informally documented stuff have become my archives of sorts.
How I used my note-making system to research and write a chapter of my Darwin book.
For some time now, I’ve been growing increasingly conscious of the limitations of the blog format in catering for the provisional nature of factual writing.
How was I ever able to organise my thoughts without ‘atomising’ them—breaking them down into smaller and smaller discrete notes—and then linking them together?
I’ve known it from the start, but this new way of making notes is perfect for the way I tend to work. It’s what I’ve been looking for all these years.
Out of nowhere, I suddenly found myself with an interesting new idea…
In which going through a lot of faff yields benefits.