Using structure in outlines

A friend is starting to use the outliner to narrate his work. He writes about an "impenetrable wall of text." I wrote up some tips, and of course felt they should be public.

  • Re the impenetrable wall of text -- try collapsing things, where the detail isn't of immediate concern, so you can see the structure. It would help me too as a reader, to see the old stuff collapsed, and be able to expand it as I need to.
  • Also hoist and dehoist are there to help manage complexity. You can hoist a section, by placing the cursor on a head with subs, and click on the pushpin icon in the left margin. It'll be the one that's enabled. Then when you want to return, click the other one. It's like a stack (it actually is a stack, of course).

Imagine a bookshelf of notebooks. You don't have every notebook open to all pages at the same time. It doesn't even make sense. You'd go crazy trying to find something. Same idea here. You've got tools to manage clutter, they take time to learn to use.

Here's what my blog outline looks like as I'm writing today's notes.

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One thing that's so disappointing about the people I've met in tech is that they are mostly motivated by what they can take from others, rather than what they can build working with others. So often they could make so much more money by doing the latter. Stupid. (And of course money is far from the most motivating motive.)