A funny thing about outliners

An idea that might be foreign to people who write in text editors.

You can use an outliner to write multiple documents.

Try creating a headline called My Diary.

Then every day, add a subhead with the day’s date.

And under that write a paragraph about something you learned or did that day.

Do it for a few days until the strangeness wears off.

Does this make sense?

Here’s a screen shot of my “worknotes” diary, which is one level deeper.

You can think of every major head under a day as a separate document.

In fact the CMS sees it that way. So I have one document which in turn contains many documents. Actually thousands!

For many people this will be a new way of thinking about writing.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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