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colinwalker
colinwalker
Even on paper I write in a bastardised, paper-friendly subset of Markdown. I write underscores to denote words I wish to emphasise, a greater than symbol to indicate text I am quoting, and surrounds words that will later form a link with square brackets. I suppose it shows that the prim... colinwalker.blog
strandlines
strandlines

@colinwalker that’s a good idea, though I can see it could interrupt flow. Maybe marking it up afterwards would help solve that conflict?

matthewlang
matthewlang

@colinwalker I have done the same thing in the past as well. While I was formatting my writing with Markdown, what I was writing was never going to be published. There wasn't a need for me to apply formatting from a presentation perspective, it's just that I wanted to emphasise certain lines and paragraphs as a revision aid.

For myself I don't see it as thinking about formatting for publishing, but more for formatting to make it clearer for myself when I come to read it again.

Use what works for yourself.

colinwalker
colinwalker

@vasta Maybe so but I only recall starting it after writing on Google+ a lot with the markup system they had then that naturally gravitated to Markdown.

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nitinkhanna
nitinkhanna

@colinwalker I’ve realized that we do two basic forms of writing - one where we’re writing something personal, or something new - something where the surroundings don’t matter. But the other form is when we’re discussing an idea, always in relation to someone or something else. In that writing, we tend to want to quote those ideas and people. Neither one is the lesser form of writing, and if you do write the way you do, it’s because you write the latter form more.

I think that’s perfectly fine and you may be overthinking it... 😊

colinwalker
colinwalker

@nitinkhanna I thought as much 😂