Chapter-by-Chapter Sketchnoting

When sketchnoting a book, do you take lots of notes along the way, or wait until you’ve finished reading and then go back to create some helpful visual summaries?

I’ve experimented with both approaches. I describe my read-the-whole-book-first process in this video: How to Sketchnote a Book.

With the latest book I’ve been reading, How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi, I’ve been sketchnoting each chapter right after I read it, and it’s that process that I share in the video above.

Here are some previous videos in this series that you might enjoy checking out:

And here are a few examples of how the latest sketchnotes of individual chapters are coming together:

I use highlighting and text size to help create hierarchy within these notes.

For each idea I try to come up with a helpful sketch or diagram to make it more memorable.

I’m always on the lookout for helpful visual metaphors – like a ladder – to serve as a container for a set of ideas.

So far I’m enjoying how two-stage highlighting (yellow while reading, then go back and change to blue the specific ideas I want to sketch out) is helping me to focus on capturing just the most important ideas from each chapter.

If you enjoy any aspect of my note-taking process, try applying it on the next book that you read!

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Free Sketchnoting Guide

Want to give sketchnoting a try but not sure where to start? Check out this sample of The Verbal To Visual Notebook:

That 100% hand-sketched notebook includes a set of prompts to help you put pen to paper and start sketching out ideas yourself.

You can get the free guide here.

Good luck with your next book sketchnotes!

Cheers,

-Doug