Lila is cognitive writing technology. It uses natural language processing to extend the cognitive abilities of a writer engaged in a project. In the previous post I described the seven root categories used to organize a non-fiction writing project and to optimize Lila’s analytics. These categories are considered a natural fit with the writing process and can be visualized as folders that contain notes. In this post I present a diagram that maps Lila’s four cognitive extensions through the folders to the writing process.
A “slip” is the unit of text in Lila. A slip is equivalent to a “note,” usually one or a few sentences, but no hard limit.
- The early stages of the writing process focus on thinking and research. An author sends slips to an Inbox and begins filing them in a Work folder. Documents and books that have not been read are sent to the TLDR folder. Lila processes the unread content, generating slips that are also filed in the Work folder.
- As the slips build up the author analyzes them. Using Lila, an author can visualize the connections between slips. The author can “pin” interesting connections and discard others.
- Connections are made between the author slips, and from author slips to unread content slips. Where the connections are made to unread content, a link is provided to the original document or book. Authors can read both slips and original material in the context of their own content. This is called “embedded reading”, allowing for swifter analysis of new material.
- Analysis leads to organizing and writing drafts. An author will organize content in a particular hierarchical view, a table of contents. The author can get new insight by viewing the content in alternate hierarchical views generated by Lila.
The writing process usually involves each of these steps — thinking, research, analysis, etc. — at each step. Lila can perform its cognitive extensions at any step, e.g., integrate a new unread document late in the process. As the writing process continues, slips will be edited and integrated into a longer work for publication. Lila maintains a sense of “slips” in the background even when the author is working on a long integrated unit of text.