Writing for Yourself or an Audience

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Writing poetry is an art form unlike anything else. The form requires no special equipment, other than paper and a pen and the barrier to entry is low, requiring the ability to write words on a page. The distinction between poetry written for your own purposes and poetry written to share is however significant.

I enjoy words, whether I’m reading a great article or a good book.

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My Poetry Writing Workflow Using Obsidian

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Some people start their poems in notebooks. I understand the appeal as I love a good notebook myself, and there is something satisfying about the scratch of a nib on the page. I once lost a notebook however and so lost all my work. Ever since I always use a digital-first method when writing poetry. This is what I do.

Start in Obsidian

I always start my writing in Obsidian.

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Poetry Could Save Your Life

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I write poetry. On a good day, I’m prepared to accept this makes me a poet. Does being a poet confer any benefits for the poet? I want to ask, can writing poetry help you handle better the difficulties all of us experience? Can it begin to shape your own understanding of emotional or physical suffering or pain?

W H Auden wrote ‘poetry makes nothing happen.

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Well-Lived Life

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Definition

This is how I define a Well-Lived Life. Your definition will must be different.

  1. You are fulfilled with no more than your fair share of disappointments.
  2. You are happy with many more sunlit hills than dark valleys.
  3. Your days are filled with good intentions which you work on with integrity.
  4. Your wisdom steadily accumulates.
  5. You optimise your inherent talents.
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Thoughts in Progress

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Definition

Your thoughts evolve. If they don’t you have adopted fixed positions. You may no longer be open-minded, susceptible, exploratory.

My values include a life-long commitment to personal development. My search for the Well-Lived Life  means I will have to go on looking. Thoughts in Progress (TIP) are thoughts on the way to becoming articulated and/or realised ideas.


People

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How to Organise Your Notes in Obsidian

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Over the years, I’ve used many note-taking apps.

1.Bear:

I really like Bear . For a long time, this was my note app of choice. You can chuck lots of different things at it, including web clips. Bear also stores your notes as Markdown, so there’s no fear of losing them. The notes don’t really play that well with other apps, and you can’t use it alongside Obsidian  because there’s no way I’ve been able to find to access Bear’s  notes from Obsidian.

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Concept Oriented

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What Should Notes Be About?

Note every note you take should end up in your Zettelkasten or your Note-Making System. Lists of errands to run, jobs to do are best organised elsewhere.
 
I separate the storage of documents (PDFs, web articles and so on) from where I store my notes. This is because I want to avoid the Collectors Fallacy, something I’ve been prone to in the past.
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Evergreen Notes

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My Note-Making Nomenclature

What Are Evergreen Notes?

The term ‘Evergreen Notes‘ is used by Andy Matushak to describe notes which are more than fleeting.

Evergreen Notes adhere to the Zettelkasten Principles which makes recording useful notes  easier to do consistently.

I have developed my own terminology. Instead of Evergreen Notes, I use the term Cornerstone Note because I like the idea that they are building blocks of information.

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