Incremental writing

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Incremental writing is a method of writing in which ideas are written down and assembled incrementally. Incremental writing requires no linearity. It adapts to your way of thinking. Many great writers and scientists of the past used a variant of incremental writing using their own systems of notes. In SuperMemo, incremental writing is integral with the creative process and learning itself. It is seamless with incremental reading. Nearly all texts at SuperMemo Guru have been written in SuperMemo using the incremental writing approach.

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This glossary entry is used to explain "I would never send my kids to school" (2017) by Piotr Wozniak


Creative and consolidation phases in incremental writing
Figure: Incremental writing begins with an ascending creative phase and ends with a descending consolidation phase. In the example, the ideas for a book peak in 5 months of creative elaborations, only to consolidate into a 180-chapter Problem of Schooling, 10 months later


Knowledge tree in incremental writing
Figure: Science of sleep was written using incremental writing. Individual chapters have been compiled into a knowledge tree displayed here in Contents in SuperMemo. The main table of contents is separate from the TO DO branch (bottom) that keeps the material that is still to be processed (written, elaborated, or polished)