Reading without note taking is as senseless as eating without digesting. It is easy to condense into a single page all that you really want to remember out of a big book, and there you have it for reference for ever. When you have done that systematically, for five years, you will be surprised at the extraordinary amount of available information which you can turn upon any subject, all at the cost of very little trouble (80).It would be difficult to disagree with this sentiment. Conan Doyle "built up an extensive archive of letters, papers, clippings, and memoranda. One early biographer counted sixty scrapbooks alone" (80). He also kept a pocket diary. His rules for writing:
- The first requisite is to be intelligible.
- The second is to be interesting.
- The third is to be clever.