Dev Writes

Who this is for

Mainly geared towards software engineers, but I think the principles shared will be useful for all knowledge workers.

Actionable steps

Overview of underlying concepts/ideas

Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). - the practice of capturing the ideas and insights we encounter in our daily life, whether from personal experience, from books and articles, or from our work, and cultivating them over time to produce more creative, higher quality work.

⚠️ The idea isn’t that you pick up all these habits at once, but rather expose you to a wide array of strategies and hacks that have worked for me. pick what works for you, modify it to suit your needs, and discard the rest

Quick Capture

The most convenient place to quickly jot down something. Can be An app on your phone, physical notebook, tablet. This is where you go when an idea pops into your head, or writing meeting notes.

Fun fact - the structure of this article started as a braindump that I captured on Apple Notes (mobile) whilst taking a walk. it took me less than 20 seconds. here’s that note:

### braindump 
* no one process is guaranteed to work, the idea is to expose you to a whole bunch of tactics, and you can pick and choose what works for you
* google technical writing course
* BASB podcast, then book
* David Perrel
* publish your writing
* how to build a blog by flavio
* digital gardens to use as an example
* reading habits. reading powers a lot of my writing
* quick capture -> triage -> persist 

Cross Platform

It’s helpful to be able to access your all my notes from all spaces I spend a lot of time.

Those quickly captured notes also need to be available when it’s time to publish & share the notes.

Look at the Operating Systems you use, choose software that covers all of them.

Reading Habits

Reading is a big part of my writing process. It’s sometimes hard to separate the two. I take notes & highlights when I’m reading, and read a whole bunch when I’m writing, for cross referencing & validating ideas etc.

Reading Life Hack

  • readwise reader is a game changer - it takes care of RSS, email newsletters, allows you to save read-later links. You can highlight and annotate, those highlights are regularly shown to you via (spaced repetition) which resurfaces stuff, sparks connection between old ideas and new perspectives, love it.

Books about writing

Meme time

You made it this far, here’s a meme about external cognition


Shameless plug

Further resources