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Notes on writing process 4: Another note about notes & various digital paraphernalia


Hello from here dear blogosphere,

I know I’m late, but I finally started using Evernote & it’s helping me a lot with writing, organizing my ideas & thoughts.

I like the story planning template, especially. Really benefiting from that for character development too.

I am still using docs, colornote & open office as well. I love them all & am utilizing only free versions, which to date have entirely sufficed for my purposes.

I also do enjoy drafting in wp’s mobile block editor, especially poetry. This is literally not promotion haha. I’m just excited & I have had all of these recommended to me, when I probably should have already known about them, & they’re all really useful. I literally wouldn’t have known about them if friends hadn’t told me they existed or I hadn’t lucked into reading about them.

While I had Open Office on my computer, due to an injury, I was mostly not writing on my computer or my phone for a while, or frankly writing very much at all. Occasionally I would pick up a journal, notebook or sketchbook.

Then in the summer, I began to write at least 4 times a week if not more. Again, in a notebook. Until I began using google docs. Docs really has helped with my file management too, which I am recently getting better at, largely also due to the fact that I have come to place greater value on my writing than I had in the past.

Bonus is that I can actually work on stuff so much more easily now, because I’m cataloguing it much more usably. Docs fits my file management style more than other word processing softwares. Plus it’s very mobile friendly, & the design is handy.

When I started up writing again during the summer, initially, I only wanted to write in notebooks & journals.

When I started up writing again during the summer, initially, I only wanted to write in notebooks & journals. What I was sharing, I was literally doing from photographs of journal pages.

I’m thinking of writing as legibly as possible when I feel to & using google lens more (which I’ve been using lately for screen shot image descriptions), so I can easily transfer stuff out of my hand-written work into type.

…I knew  from last spring, but Jstor has made more materials available for free during the pandemic. I just learned that you can get an ‘independent researcher’ membership & access 100 articles per month at no charge, when it used to be just six; another invaluable writers’ resource to have access to.

Also, random last resource update: I knew from last spring, but Jstor has made more materials available for free during the pandemic, but I just learned that you can get an ‘independent researcher’ membership & access 100 articles per month at no charge, when it used to be just six; another invaluable writers’ resource to have access to.

I know this is a long one, but honestly, I learn so much from when people talk about creative process & tools stuff, & it’s often around a thing that ‘should seem obvi’ & wasn’t to me for this or that reason. So here’s my contribution to that.

💜nrk🎶


© Niliema Karkhanis

A note on notes

Tbh I’d like to note that I have gravely underestimated the value of notes. You’d think someone who calls their blog songs for now would know to focus on notes because music. But no. Because I’m such an intuitive writer (as if that wasn’t obvious haha), I kind of try not to structure my writing too much, so I’ve tended to think I don’t need to jot down ideas, remember or record fragments.

Lately, I have become a rather insatiable note-taker & find that of all the technical things about creating, notes are the most intuitive. It’s not limiting, like some writing structure stuff, because it’s your own ideas, waiting for you, kinda organized, but also open ended; so it’s more of a start than anything else, even if it’s like one word.

& beginning can be the most difficult thing. Notes are magical, because you’ve already started without the pressure, maybe on something like a colourful notepad, whether on paper or digitally.

Notes, dear blogosphere, I know you know. Best thing.

© Niliema Karkhanis