For me, the Nat Eliason YouTube video was the aha moment: Watching him effortless connect thoughts and surfacing earlier but as yet unconnected thoughts was transformative. I have started using Roam with Tinderbox.
Tinderbox is the first half of my process, analysis. When I have a difficult or not-fully-formed thought, I use Tinderbox to break down what I’m thinking about into small, manageable thoughts—analysis.
Roam Research is the second half of my process, synthesis. When I’m ready to start creating, when I need to bring my thoughts together in new ways Roam Research is perfect! With no effort, I type [[ and I get a page, or type (( to connect blocks. I don’t even have to stop what I’m writing as I add the pages or blocks. The Muse doesn’t linger, and when she whispers in your ear, you need to capture the inspiration or risk loosing it, or capturing a dimmer, less nuanced version.
Episodes of Roam end with “what does Roam Research mean to you?” or “How would you describe Roam Research to someone?”
Roam Research is a
neural markdown language! Just like surrounding a word with an asterisk creates italics and ** creates bold, so [[ and (( creates and links new ideas and thoughts while allowing me to continue developing the idea.
Brilliant! How could I not be a believer?