Let your smartphone help you keep your book on track
I don’t have the best memory, so when I’m working on a book, I’ve learned to use my phone to keep me from forgetting a good idea if I’m not at my desk. My first preference is to use sticky notes, but I don’t always have them (not to mention a pen) with me. I almost always have my phone, however. Here are three tricks you can use:
I text myself little notes ALL THE TIME
- Voice recorder: My smartphone comes with a “voice recorder” app built right in. How cool is that? I just open it, push the button and leave myself a message. Sometimes they’re super short (Make protagonist a redhead! Name the brother Rick!), but the beauty of a voice recording is that I can also ramble a bit when I want to. I’m the only one who’s going to listen to the messages, so they don’t have to be remotely polished.
- Evernote: I keep hearing how great Evernote is. With the Evernote app, you can keep all types of content related to your book – including photos you might snap that inspire you – all in one place.
- Email/text messages: I text and email myself little reminder notes all the time. They are short and sweet and riddled with typos, but they are filled with useful information I wouldn’t otherwise remember. I’m chuckling as I write this because it sounds a bit ridiculous, but it works!
When it comes to writing a book, you never know when inspiration will strike. You’re not in front of your computer 24/7, so neither is your imagination. My memory isn’t smart enough to keep track of everything on its own, so it’s a good thing my phone is.
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