Notes on Writing Essays

24 Nov 2020

From LeanAnki, Zettelkasten Method, I see he has this simple method for essay writing:

Of course an extra step would be ‘make sure you include actionable advice’. I like this approach, it’s simple and goes straight to the point. I like the way he combines it with note-taking/zettelkastening by linking zettels that have to do with the problem, and others that have to do with the solution.

This could be a way to write essays more freely, without being bound to the tutorial structure.


From Andy Matuschak’s Executable strategy for writing

Undirected Strategy

As is, it works better with a Zettelkasten kind of note-taking space, but each separate note could be replaced with a new paragraph or header in a big note in a system like this personal wiki. Then I could maintain an “outline” folder for essays-to-be, where they could grow organically. This may start with my small ‘how to make a static site and host it on the web’ and grow slowly from there, as a growing place for posts before I publish them on my actual blog (or on this site’s blog, I guess).


From Matt Might’s blog

” The secret to low-cost academic blogging is to make blogging a natural byproduct of all the things that academics already do.


From The ZettelKasten Method, LessWrong

“This idea of jotting down ideas while you’re out and about is very important. If you feel you don’t have enough ideas (be it for research, for writing fiction, for art – whatever) my first question would be whether you have a good way to jot down little ideas as they occur to you.”


What is, what could be, call-to-action

This is the story structure behind every TED talk:

You can build this story arc in different lengths for different settings: the elevator pitch, the 15 minute explanation, the 1hr story.