Using Obsidian For Writing Fiction & Notes

I’ve recently become a moderator for a notetaking tool called obsidian.md — its main virtues are that it’s locally-hosted, i.e. not cloud-based, although you can back it up using either git or a cloud-based provider). I use it for writing and managing hobbyist research, but it’s popular with academics (it has integration with reference managers (Zotero) and spaced repetition tools (Anki) and some really nice pdf embed features) and people interested in personal knowledge management.

First, here’s a twitter thread I wrote about how obsidian really is the only tool that has ever worked for me as an author, and is the reason I now publish my fiction for a paying audience (there are free samples, of course).

I covered my project management workflow with a ton of examples and links as an Obsidian Community Talk:

I’ve also written about my process, involving increasingly atomic folders, on the obsidian forums. Awhile back, I was interviewed about how I use obsidian for writing fiction, and some of the insights should still be useful although the plugin landscape has changed a lot since then.

The plugin I mention here, that I use to get short fiction writing prompts, is Obsidian Shuffle.

Nick Milo of Linking Your Thinking has an interview with a longtime authors with many published works  who use Obsidian, which might be useful if you enjoyed that video:

Nick also interviewed me about the non-fiction side of my workflow, namely how I process nonfiction books and articles and integrate what I learn into my notes so that I can use the information to create articles and round out my worldbuilding. You can view it here:

(If you enjoyed this live notetaking session, you might also enjoy Andy Matuschak’s version. He does things a little differently than I do structurally, but there’s a lot of value in comparison, I think!)

A later interview covers how I integrate the reference manager Zotero into my system in order to process source material and my highlights for PDFs:

 

As a follow-up to this, based on a couple of emails I got asking me to elaborate on a couple of details that got mentioned in passing during the video, I thought it might be useful to link to my template for daily notes and the CSS Snippets I use for Obsidian. As a note, my theme Palatinate is also available in the community themes list.  My snippets for the dataview plugin are also available on the Obsidian forums.

I also maintain the Obsidian Roundup, a free weekly roundup of Obsidian.md tips, news & resources. It can be accessed via RSS, email, or just by visiting the site on Saturday mornings EST.

I also publically shared my vault with most of my notes, and you get access to a .zip download of most of my plugins and such by signing up for a newsletter membership. There are more details over on my launch announcement. I also did a Q&A to showcase how I create the stories and articles that appear on my newsletter.

Eleanor

Eleanor teaches Ancient Civilizations and spends the bits of time left over writing stories that bring history -- and magic -- to life. She enjoys rock climbing, bullet journaling, & gardening focused on plants you can actually eat.

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  1. Juancho says:

    hello Eleanor, please subscribe me to the Obsidian roundups! Thank You

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