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ISSUE NO. 244

The One Thing You Need to Build a True Zettelkasten (an Antinet)

FROM:

Scott P. Scheper

Downtown San Diego, CA

TO:

You*

START:

Monday 6:34 pm

Dear Friend,

The most popular book on zettelkasten note-taking is How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens.

In the section detailing "everything you need to have [when building a zettelkasten]", the author outlines four tools required.[1]

  1. Something to write with, and write on.
  2. A reference management system (like Zotero).
  3. A notecard box.
  4. A software editor for writing.

Anything else required? "More is unnecessary, less is impossible," the author asserts.[2]

I propose, however, that less is possible. Indeed, less is also more, and in fact necessary—if you wish to unlock the true nature of Luhmann's zettelkasten (the antinet).

You only need one thing to build a Luhmannesque zettelkasten. You only need a pen that writes well; one that has the character of a B.M.F. (search Google for the wallet from pulp fiction).

Here's why: First, you'll be doing a lot of writing. Second, you need a pen that you love—one that you intend never to lose. One you will look upon one day, and think, "this is the only thing I need to dominate the world."

Yes, I realize it sounds absurd, but trust me. You must get a pen gives you the sense of being a B.M.F.

A B.M.F. pen gives you everything you need to build your own antinet zettelkasten.

But Scott, what about notecards?!

Sure, I'd recommend 4x6" notecards (and even 3x5" notecards). Yet, you don't need them to get started. Luhmann didn't. He used the backs of his children's old coloring books. He got creative and scrappy.

Time to get scrappy and start building some new thinking muscles. It will feel odd at first. Soon you'll begin to thwart the digital decay of your mind.

In the future, I'll be releasing a book on the true nature of Niklas Luhmann's Zettelkasten. I refer to Luhmanesque zettelkastens as, antinets.

Because you're an early supporter of mine, I've decided to do something that will end up costing me a lot of money...

I've decided to give you a copy of my new book, signed by me, and I'll even pay for the cost of shipping it to you!

I'll restate that. I will send you a free, signed copy of the book I release on antinet zettelkastens. This book will show you precisely how Luhmann created an analog thinking mind. It will show you step-by-step how to create the system responsible for producing 70 books, and 550 papers. The antinet zettelkasten will enable you to create the genius-level work you're capable of producing.

All I ask is that you do the following:

  1. Write to me, in handwritten format.
  2. On the piece of paper write something like:

"Hey Scott! I'd like for you to send me a copy of your book on Antinet Zettelkastens. Oh, and I'd love for you to sign it too. Also, thanks Scott for paying the shipping cost!"

  1. Mail the above handwritten letter to me at:

Scott P. Scheper
600 W. Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101

Mail this to me in the next week. After that, I may be pulling this offer down. But it's good at least for a week.

If you're reading this now it means the offer is still valid! Follow the steps outlined above... like right now! I'm serious!

That's all I'm gonna say on that.

If it's not obvious how much of a no-brainer this offer is at this point, then... well to hell with it. And to hell with you!

Kidding!

(Actually, I'm not. If you don't want a free book signed by me, you eat crayons).

Oh, and why am I asking you to write me a hand-written letter?

Because I want you to stop being a lazy pussy. I want you to invest time in someone who wants to change your life.

I'm not someone who wants the lazy-ass email addresses of average Joe-blows.

I want to communicate with the best people, and I want to serve the very best people.

The people I serve are ones serious enough about their growth and craft that gasp... they'll actually take the time to mail in a simple letter requesting a free book on it!

Alright, enough of my preaching. Turn off the noise and distraction of your mind. Do as I say. Seriously. Do this now:

  1. Write to me, in handwritten format.
  2. On the piece of paper write something like:

"Hey Scott! I'd like for you to send me a copy of your book on Antinet Zettelkastens. Oh, and I'd love for you to sign it too. Also, thanks Scott for paying the shipping cost!"

  1. Mail the above handwritten letter to me at:

Scott P. Scheper
600 W. Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101

Got it?

Good!

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Peace and love.

And always remember...

To stay crispy my friend.

Sincerely,

Scott P. Scheper


Footnotes:
  1. Ahrens, Sönke. How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking: For Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers. (North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2017), 28-29. ↩︎

  2. Ibid, 30. ↩︎

END:

Monday 6:59 pm

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