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Which software do writers use to publish their works?
So I briefly spoke about what I use to create my new LifeHacker work. Thought I would here be explaining the instruments I use to take down memos, research for my textbooks and follow all the narratives, tales and information I encounter in my work. It' s my responsibility to help me release three volumes in three years (along with other titles I've had the pleasure of writing to), writing numerous newspaper and website contributions, sending out my recommended readings every months and making all kinds of other work and success possible.
When I have a thought, I put it on a 4×6 note card and identifies it with a topic - or when I work on a particular process where it would suit the work. When I was getting ready for my next work, The Obstacle is the Way, for example, I completed a thousand of these maps of thoughts and conceptions that I wanted to include in the work.
These are the types of memos I am writing to myself. These are some quotations from my strategy cards: Browse a textbook or item and carefully select the parts and sections you notice. When you have a thought, put it on the page (called marginalia).
Bottom of the page where you made a memo or highlighted something (alternatively, you can use Post-it flags). A few wks after completion of the volume, go back to it and copy these notes/thoughts to the corresponding memo maps. In the upper right of each map, insert a topic or catagory to which this map alludes.
When a map fits into more than one category, simply create a double map. For an additional organizational level, Robert uses color-coded maps. Since you put together maps and read different things, it's not unusual to come across organic topics. If you are working on a books projects with a restricted number of topics or know exactly what they are, it makes stenography.
As an example, my latest Growth Hacker Marketing had 6 topics that approximately matched the chapter and texture of the book: Originally I would make a deck of notes for an entire notebook (numbering the notes 1,2,3,4,5 etc. - but I found out that my capacity to move the parts was restricted because incoherent but important notions were incorrectly connected.
These are some maps from these areas: Don't stres about stuffing up whole cards. No. Helpful tip: If you use the back of the map (I do this quite often), place an arrows on the front. You got an ingenuity, put it on a fucking map. It' good when your own maps come as a shock.
When I go through the maps, I will often recall other things from more recent times and supplement them. That is why if you look through all my, you would see different colours of paint on the same map. I' m just going to take a notebook while I'm still in it, underlining it and putting it on my page and then I' m going back and putting it on notepads.
I can measure a good notebook that generates 20 to 31 note cards. I will find topics in this one and I will take a notebook that may not be very well organised and I will take over the organisation. I find the topics in it and disassemble the volume into the essence, the core.
Every part has the name of the volume on it and is color-coded, with different colours of the maps, according to the kind of theme I'm up against. Now that I've done all this work and sat down to type, I've got everything at hand.
Now I can spell much more fully, more deeply and more dimensionally, because I have absorbed and organised all this information. This is the swap with some information about the colour coding: user: You spoke in an interviewee about your research methods for your textbooks (with index card and shoeboxes).
robertgreene I was reading a meticulously, wrote on the edges with all types of notices. After a few week I come back to the textbook and put my scribble on memo maps, where each map is an important topic in the work. Having gone through several dozens of volumes, I have maybe three hundred maps, and from these maps I see designs and topics that merge into hard-core sections.
Then I can scroll through the maps and move them as I like. I find this an unbelievable way to design a work for many years. robertgreene The colours are representing different types, you are right. Thus, for example, with the warmongering books, bluecards would be about policy, strict jaundiced warmongering, greens the art and amusement, rose maps on strategies, etc..
Can' t see the maps for a section and not see blues or greens and see a issue. Or I could take out all the maps of a suit to see which one I liked best, and so on. That' brilliant - so you actually built a relative data base in a shoe box, because you can have too many relations between map colours and sections.
You are passionate about organisation, one of the many things that make your work so unbelievably entertaining. In fact, these memo maps, most of which were quoted, were converted into a textbook published by Douglas Brinkley, a researcher and histopath. There''s about 50 years of hands-on knowledge in these maps.
It is not unlike the Dewey Dekimal system and the old catalogues of reference books. How do you use these memo postcards? I recently began to tweet quotations that I had taken notice of. Where do you get what to put down? Take down whatever you want. Where' re you putting the tickets?
It took me a long while to get enough tickets to need it. Before I used the smaller Vaultz 4×6 Index Card File User Boxes. When I take a note for a certain product, like a textbook, I give it its own speaker. As an example, my Cash Money account is about to fill a Vaultz-Mailbox.
The ability to make physical arrangements is also critical to the proper design of your work. Can I move maps from one class to another? While shuffling through the deck, I come across things I've forgot, etc. When I work on section 2, I take these maps.
When I write an article about learning, I take educational postcards with me. I' m involved in every one of these maps. "I don't just loosely recall what I put on the memo sheets, but where I put them, what they're attached to, what's around them, when I made them, and so on.
Are you checking the maps? As I was writing the new preface for Trust Me I'm Living, I began to go over the tickets again. As I began to prepare the pocketbook of Growth Hacker Marketing (out 2014), I went through the maps and was able to find a place for some that I hadn't used the first one.
I think the best thing is to take down physically written note cards. Would you like to transcribe? I' ve compiled a shortlist of 15 novels you've never even seen that will change your world view and help you to surpass yourself in your ordeal. You can get the classified bibliography here!