more than one thing write a book

Whether you’ve written no books or fifty, you’re more than “just a writer”. We humans are multi-dimensional beings with facets that reflect both our inner and outer selves. In fact, it’s those very facets that actually make us a writer – without them what would we write?

I can get so tunnel-visioned that I forget that I am far more than a writer. I am a reader, a friend, a daughter, sister, gardener, photographer, traveler, historian, kite-flyer, computer geek, bill-payer, bird watcher, blessing cairn maker. And oh-so-much-more.

As you consider your many parts, which of them do you bring to the writer’s table?


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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.

And you?

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I just released my latest book, How to Use Evernote® for Writing and Research. I think it’s one of the best books Evernote for writersI’ve ever written – and one that details exactly how I use Evernote and why every writer should use it too.

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

  • outline books
  • keep research notes
  • save websites
  • stash images
  • stash screenshots
  • capture random thoughts (I have a lot of those!)
  • save audio and video clips
  • save receipts
  • 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.

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