P.S. Noted's Notes: My Writing Process
And what I learned about writing from studying commonplace books
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Let’s continue this week’s deep-dive into my notes with a look at my writing process and the notes I take for Noted.
When it comes to researching and writing posts for Noted, I use a strategy I learned from studying commonplace books— a system of gathering quotations, information, and images under topics. And, then, weaving that information together to form a new essay.
Before you dive in, I’d just like to say that although my process might look neat and tidy—it almost never feels that way—I don’t have it all figured out. But also: I don’t expect to. Knowledge is messy—so notes are messy. And I love that about the process.
I hope you find something of use in my methods!
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