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.
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?