What’s your biggest goal for 2018? Finally writing that book you’ve had inside you for years? Launching a podcast? Performing stand-up comedy in front of an adoring crowd? Whatever your aspiration, this can be the year you take positive steps toward making it a reality. As scary as it might be to think about what lies ahead, big goals don’t always demand big actions. Often, all you need to achieve
The nightmare begins something like this: The Writer is in her groove, typing or scribbling away. The words are flowing beautifully, then, suddenly… nothing. The Writer has hit a wall. All momentum vanishes. She can’t focus. She can’t think. The frustration boils over, and the words are abandoned. Pretty scary, huh? Every writer has moments like this, especially during National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’re stumped about what
Every November, hundreds of thousands of writers around the world come together in a fun, freewheeling virtual community. In an annual explosion of creativity, these intrepid souls undertake to write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. Say hello to National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo). As sponsors of this annual extravaganza, we know that more than a few NaNoWriMo participants turn to Evernote to collect ideas, plan their stories,
In the last post, we discussed how Shakespeare’s communication style made his words timeless, and how you can put some of his techniques to work in your own communications. But Shakespeare was more than a great communicator. Recent research has shown us proof that he was also a great collaborator. Thanks to technology, we can now analyze texts and get a pretty good idea of where one writer leaves off,
It is a truth universally acknowledged that William Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the history of the English language—and possibly every other language, as well. For more than 500 years, his plays have been performed in virtually every country on the planet in a myriad of languages on stage, on film, on television, radio, and the internet. The words and phrases he coined are part of our everyday usage,
The Death of Socrates (Detail), Jacques-Louis David, 1787 Life boils down to just two things: experience and information. Experience is what happens in your brain. The slippery chill of diving into a swimming pool. The bittersweet taste of chocolate ice cream on your tongue. Those are experiences. Information is the breadcrumb trail left behind by experience. The photograph of you by the pool. The chocolate stain on your shirt. Information
Last month, thousands of writers around the world took the ultimate writing challenge: writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days as part of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Participants wrote furiously, checking their online productivity statistics on the NaNoWriMo website. The writers tracked the number of words people wrote, without worrying too much about quality. The task was to produce a certain number of words in a finite time.
Over the past few months, we’ve highlighted some of the unique ways Evernote employees use the software they build and support—from capturing sketches to digital scrapbooking. In honor of National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), the head of our marketing content team shares his method for crafting a novel entirely in Evernote. Like many writers, I used to view Evernote as just one component of a larger writing system. I
Whether you’re counting down the days to National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), or using Evernote to organize your thoughts as many writers do, you may be thinking about the journey from blank page to finished work. It’s a conundrum every writer must face: how do you get from here — the resolution to write — to there, a completed text you can be proud of (or maybe even publish)?
In the blistering heat and never-ending sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, the bravest, fittest souls in the world look across the vast, terrifying expanse and see only challenge and opportunity. For them, the six-day, 156-mile (251 km) annual race across the unforgiving Moroccan desert known as the Marathon des Sables (MdS) is the ultimate test of stamina and endurance, and thousands sign up every year—but only a few complete