I spend a lot of time alone but not alone. Cause there’s the cat, the hummingbirds and orioles outside my window, the herbs and flowers on the patio – all bursting with Nature’s own brand of energy. So being alone while I work doesn’t seem so bad. However, the question about being comfortable with silence is another matter.
When I’m writing a period piece, I play period music (think fiddle music of Lewis and Clark). When I’m really concentrating I play instrumental background music. When I’m really concentrating, though, I turn everything off. At that moment – when I’m deep into the words and the flow – I enter the Silence.
I just released my latest book, How to Use Evernote® for Writing and Research. It’s available for $0.99 during launch week and then the price will increase.
As I note in the book, I was slow to embrace Evernote. I downloaded the free software about two years ago but it wasn’t until last year that I really GOT how useful it is for writers – well, actually, anyone who does any kind of online research.
I included all of the basics about Evernote, as well as the WHY’s of using it. For me, personally, I’m now using Evernote to
keep research notes
capture random thoughts (I have a lot of those!)
save audio and video clips
storehouse my book drafts
I’m not sure how I managed before using Evernote – and in case you’ve never used it, I have to tell you it’s really easy and it keeps everything in uber-organized folders.
If you’re already using Evernote, let me know if there’s a use you’ve found that I didn’t mention. I’d love to include it in my next second edition.
Good non-fiction revolves around a story. Even a cookbook, as evidenced by Lindsay Nixon’s Everyday Happy Herbivore: “Shortly after I finished my first cookbook . . . my husband and I were transferred to St. Maarten for a year. While the prospect of living in paradise was quite exciting, the realization that I’d have to cook three meals a day, everyday was daunting. . .”
Don’t you want to know how that year in paradise turned out and why it was daunting?
If you’ve already started writing your book, go back to see if you used the “once upon a time” magical story beginning. If you’re just beginning, what’s the story?
One of my love note (AKA newsletter) subscribers sent me an email telling me that an Anne Lamott quote had really hit her hard. The quote reads: Oh my God, what if you wake up some day and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go […]
When I received an email from Udey Johnson, thanking me for my How to Write for Kindle book, I was thrilled that I’d been able to help someone with the structure of their book. I asked Udey if I could interview him and he graciously accepted. He’s a first-time Kindle author and his book is […]
From 30,000 feet No, this isn’t a post about writing while flying. Rather, it’s a post about the BIG PICTURE of a non-fiction book structure. How Many Topics Does Your Book Need? Once you’ve hit upon the basic idea for your book, break it down into topics. Think of the book’s structure in the same way […]
Sometimes a #writerslife requires watering the tomatoes http://t.co/oA2kARyNA3 http://ift.tt/1n4OWKq — Nancy Hendrickson (@nhendrickson1) June 16, 2014 Need a creative boost? Try the 30-Day Challenge. It’s free and it just might wake up your brain!