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Tucker Max on Becoming a Published Author — No Writing Required

Does it matter whether you write your own book? Tucker Max says no. In fact, he co-founded a business to help you become a published author without writing a word. That business is called Book In A Box, which is based on a method for translating interview transcripts into book prose. (I’ve summarized the method… Continue reading Tucker Max on Becoming a Published Author — No Writing Required

Turn Your Notes App Into a Personal Knowledge Base — Tiago Forte on Building a Second Brain

There are many terms for the process of capturing knowledge, organizing it, and using it to get stuff done: Personal knowledge management. Personal content management.  Personal information management and more. My favorite is building a second brain. That’s the title of a popular online course led by Tiago Forte. On a recent Unmistakable Creative podcast,… Continue reading Turn Your Notes App Into a Personal Knowledge Base — Tiago Forte on Building a Second Brain

Stories, Methods, and Metrics — Three Staples of Nonfiction That Can Derail Your Big Idea

Author John Butman got a daily email from TED — the organization dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” This got him to wondering: Are these really ideas? Are they truly worth spreading? Who is trying to spread them and why, and to what end? In a talk at the Chautauqua Institution’s Hall of Philosophy, Butman shared his… Continue reading Stories, Methods, and Metrics — Three Staples of Nonfiction That Can Derail Your Big Idea

Organizing for Creativity — the Heart of Personal Knowledge Management

Many stereotypes surround the creative process and creative people. One of the biggest is the romantic notion that it’s okay for such people to be disorganized — in fact, that chaos and creativity are somehow directly related. The whole premise of personal knowledge management (PKM) is exactly the opposite — that we can collect ideas… Continue reading Organizing for Creativity — the Heart of Personal Knowledge Management

The Rhetoric Of Reperception — 8 Ways to Test and Transform Your Ideas

As a college student I had the good fortune to meet Bob Gish, an English professor who turned me on to Styles and Structures: Alternative Approaches to College Writing by Charles Kay Smith. This head-exploding book is a liberal education between covers. Styles and Structures is out of print, but you can still find used… Continue reading The Rhetoric Of Reperception — 8 Ways to Test and Transform Your Ideas

10 Principles for the Care and Feeding of Ideas

I blog to explore a single question: How can I systematically capture ideas, refine them, and implement the best ones? My answers lead me in many directions — from the traditional practice of creating a commonplace book to the new field of personal knowledge management. While this sometimes takes me down nerdy paths, I remind myself that the purpose… Continue reading 10 Principles for the Care and Feeding of Ideas