Antifragile Writing

By Adolfo Ramírez Corona

Roaming writing, again


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Roaming writing, again
By Adolfo Ramírez Corona • Issue #1 • View online
(If you just want to read something interesting, skip this emotional introduction.)
First, let me confess myself. I haven’t written [[Roaming Writing]] for a while. Every time I have a new text to publish I debate between sharing it in Medium, newsletters, Twitter threads, or, in some cases, use it to design a course instead of an article.
Nothing stops me to write, to create content. Most of the time nothing stops me to share and publishing. Except for this difficult time when you eventually have to choose between activities that give you just satisfaction and those that give you the necessary money to pay the rent.
But, here I am, again. Doing what I like most—except everything I do with my family. Sharing and publishing.
You may have subscribed to [[Roaming Writing]] in Substack, but now you will receive it via Revue. You may never notice this, but just in case, I let you know.
You may have been one of the few ten subscribers to Concepts Against Reality, also in Substack. Sorry to add you to this newsletter but I’m moving everything to one place. I promise this is going to be as enjoyable as what you ten read there.
Just a reminder of what is this newsletter about: notes, experiences, and thoughts about writing in the digital age.
It began with the app Roam Research as the main protagonist. But times change. Other tools as, Logseq, Athens Research, RemNote, bring today the same experience. So, [[Roaming Writing]] is about a new way of living, a new way of writing.
This new way of writing generates content that is affected by the method, framework, or app that generates it. I used to publish that content in Concepts Against Reality. Now, form and content are going to be in the same place—this newsletter.
So, welcome again to this roaming writing that creates concepts. Thanks for staying.

Hierarchical vs territorial writing
Hierarchical vs territorial writing. What’s the difference between both? The first is based on structure, the second one in relations. What I want it’s more territorial writing and a less hierarchical one?
In a hierarchical writing, I’m always thinking in an institutionalized mindset. Who am I writing to, why, how much… in some way, I start thinking under a structured box of writer and reader, sender and receptor, where I serve to the other.
Digital social networks are the extreme of a dynamic that always has existed in this hierarchical writing. The search for readers, followers, views, is a hierarchical approach to writing.
In a hierarchical writing, you need boxes, folders, or documents. You need hierarchy. Where do I save this text? What is going to be its title or filename? Does it have a table of content? Is it part of a project? In which area do I classify it? Etcetera.
The best optimization for a text you write in a hierarchical way is to locate it in a unique place under a structure or a system. A text can have several layers of classification, but all are exclusive and hierarchical: theme, size, chapter, format, genre, etc.
In a territorial writing, you connect part of your text to other texts. It doesn’t matter the who but the topic. Boxes, folders, or documents not only don’t matter but can be an obstacle in the search for relations.
A territorial writing is, of course, rhizomatic. Every phrase—sentence or paragraph isn’t a fair definition—is at the same time the end of a thread or it can be the beginning of a new branch. Every phrase—and a word with enough meaning can be a phrase—can be a node.
Territorial writing is topologic. What other phrases are related to this one? How do I call this relation? Do they form a cluster? Or, can they form a new cluster?
What happens if I connect this phrase with this other that doesn’t have an explicit or natural connection to each other? What about making random relations?
The best optimization for a text you write in a territorial way is to connect it to as many other texts or phrases as possible. The power of a phrase is rooted in the quantity and quality of its relations and connections.
Events, courses, surveys
Introduction to Antifragile Writing at
Self-writing as a Tool for Thought
Antifragile Writing with Roam Research
In case you missed it...
Some say, "better doing than learning".
Paper: The Unavoidable Interface
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In other words, don’t pay for the membership.
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