Summary of “The Incredible Creative Power of the Index Card”

How many hours have I spent on quiet afternoons with a stack of books I’d recently finished, going back through and copying onto index cards all the passages I liked? Stories.
A thousand hours? More?Nearly every dollar I’ve made in my adult life was earned first on the back or front of an index card.
It’s not an exaggeration: Nearly every dollar I’ve made in my adult life was earned first on the back or front of an index card.
My introduction to the power of the index card came from Robert Greene.
With The 33 Strategies of War, he explained in his Reddit AMA, “Blue cards would be about politics, yellow strictly war, green the arts and entertainment, pink cards on strategy, etc.”
Once she’s satisfied with an outline of paper index cards, she transcribes all of the cards into the writing software Scrivener.
When Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977, he left instructions for his heirs to burn the 138 handwritten index cards that made up the rough draft of his final and unfinished novel, The Original of Laura.
David Rockefeller - the heir to America’s greatest fortune, veteran banking CEO, and legendary philanthropist - collected some 200,000 3-by-5 index cards, which he stored for decades in a specially-made Rolodex machine at his family offices at Rockefeller Center.

The orginal article.