Over the next few months, I’ll write a non fiction textbook and think that Tinderbox will help me organize things. I’ve already done a lot of my research, reading both books and articles and have a lot of notes in Devonthink. I’ve also a rough idea about the different chapters and their topics.
My plan is now to use Tinderbox to organize which citations and quotes from my research to use were in my text. I understand that I probably will find a workflow that suits me as I go along. But I also think that I could benefit from a little input on how I plan to go ahead:
On the top level, I have created two notes, Book and Sources. In Book, I’ll outline what I’ll finally write, and in Sources I’ll move stuff in from Devonthink as I decide to use them in my writing.
In Sources, my plan is to create notes for each book I reference, as well as each newspaper article, governmental report, podcast episode etc. This will eventually give me an overview of which sources I’m using.
For each quotation I pull from the source, I’ll create a separate note and link to it from the Source note. This way, I can easily find all quotations from a source by following the links.
Each quotation note will also have a few user attributes:
- Technology (What kind of technology is discussed, Algorithms, Encryption, Surveillance etc.)
- Context (What part of society is discussed, Public life, Education, Politics etc.)
- Sentiment (Wether the quotation is positive, negative or neutral. I want a way to track if I’m getting the balance between them correct)
- Devonthink (URL back to my original note in Devonthink)
At this stage, where I’ve just started to create notes in Tinderbox, I’ve got a few questions:
- On a broad level, is sorting stuff into Sources (others’ thinking) and Book (my own writing plan) a good idea?
- Will linking work the way I expect: Could I select a source and easily list all quotations pulled from it?
- My idea with the user attributes is to have an easy way to get an overview of my quotes: Am I discussing some aspects in to much detail? Are not enough focus spent on education? Etc. Could I use user attributes to quantify how many notes with Tech A, Context B and Sentiment C there is?
- Where are the notes for individual quotes best stored in my Tinderbox document? As sub-notes to their source, or under Book, for the chapter where I plan to use them? I’m leaning for the later, but am afraid that I would get an better overview if I was storing all quotes from a source together. On the other hand, the reason I create a note for each source and link that to the quote-notes is to get both: See the quotes in the context (chapter) where I plan to use them, and by following the links find all other quotes pulled from the same source.
I hope this all makes sense. Any input is appreciated!