For the last two months, I have not completed any new pages in any of my hypertext projects. This feels frustrating at times, because I want to keep writing. But I have not stopped working on my projects. In fact, they are constantly growing in ways that remain invisible for a casual visitor of this site. This hidden efficiency is the beauty of hypertexts, and I am loving the strategy I have discovered.
When I have an interesting thought or come across an example that is connected to one of the topics explored here, I simply add a note to the relevant unfinished page in one of my hypertext projects. This way, each page serves as a repository of ideas on a certain topic. I do not feel stressed thinking that I may forget my thoughts or examples. I am also not worried about having to comb through notes in a Word document, as I used to do in the past. Some of the notes made the old way were never used because I could not remember how they were related to issues that I was discussing!
I do write some things down in my iPhone notepad, to be added to relevant hypertext pages later. However, the notepad list is less daunting because it’s not my only way of note-taking. It also feels rewarding when I find some time to go through these bullet points and add them to hypertext entries. My hope is that, as the hypertexts grow (i.e., more pages are added) I will use the iPhone notepad less and less. At this point, I use it mostly when I cannot right away come up with an existing page where the information I want to write down would go.
All in all, I feel happy that I am practicing hypertext writing now! It suits my habits very well and allows me to explore many directions of thought in a variety of topics.
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