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 swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.
Today’s message – what are you waiting for to live your big juicy creative life?