When I write, I need to have something come to my mind. It doesn’t need to be the whole “story” I want to tell. Since I write poetry and prose, most of the time it’s just a feeling I’m trying to capture, once I have that I start trying to write. I draw from my own life, from stories I’ve heard, fables, even TV, movies and books. Nothing is off limits, though I do try my best not to take anything word for word from any of these sources. It is still about a feeling that I am trying to convey. Sometimes it comes quickly and I write it and publish it just as fast as I can type. Sometimes, it starts to form and then I lose the trail. When that happens I move on to something else. Other times, the natural progression is slow from the beginning and I’ll return to it over several hours to several days, but eventually it will get done.
Now as far as the my “physical” process of writing goes. I’ve been trying different things since I started “Going Sideways” back at the end of September and I think I have found something that works for me. I write in a program called “Evernote.” It’s a free note taking software that allows me to write in digital notebooks. You can have an infinite number of notebooks with an infinite number of notes per notebook. I have notebooks for quotes that I like, misc. items, Lyrics, Words, Phrases, Medications, etc. It helps me keep myself organized in addition to letting me have a place to put my writing.
Stuff in my “Going Sideways” folder is further separated into categories. You can tag your notes (like you can in WordPress). I have mine tagged as “Published” or by stars ****, the more stars, the closer it is to being ready to publish.
That probably seems complicated, and it was, when I started using it but, here’s the reason I chose it. It syncs with the Evernote cloud. I have a program on my computer where I write most often, I also have an App on my phone. I’ve used that quite a few times (I’ll come back to the phone app shortly). There’s also a web based version that you can use if you’re somewhere your phone or personal computer aren’t.
— as an aside, you can use Evernote to create lists like shopping lists, things to do, etc. I use it when I’m going to Costco, or the grocery store, or just out running errands.
So, when I’m done writing something I’m going to publish. I select it all in Evernote, choose copy, then I go to my WordPress interface, create a new post and paste it into the web form. Then I give it a title, add tags and categories, give it a once over and hit Publish. Then I go back to Evernote and tag it “Published”
Then it’s off to the giant WordPress in the sky.
One last thing that is important to me and why I do it this way. I write a lot and most of what I write is in some way shape or form important to me because some day, I’d like to publish some of it in a book (you know with paper pages and things like that). So I like to keep a copy of what I’ve written for myself, in case WordPress ever blows up (oh no!!).
OK, I’m done. If you have any questions or comments about anything I’ve written here, please comment or send me an e-mail. I’d love to hear from you.
**** No Elephants were harmed or even stared at, in the writing of this post. Not eve gooey chocolate ones ****