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An App for Writers and Fear of Writing

Information: Evernote, a Handy Tool for Personal and Professional Use

I first read about Evernote on Michael Hyatt’s blog. I first set up an account online at Then, I installed the app on my Android phone and my iPad. Evernote is free, but like most free services, they offer a premium (paid) version, too. Recently, there was a change to the free version. When I first joined, there was no limit to the number of devices you could install Evernote on. With the new plan, you can access it on two devices or upgrade to the paid version if you want to use unlimited devices. Since logging in from the browser does not count, I can keep it both my devices I currently have. If I decide to download the app to my computer, one of the others will have to be deleted.

I store my to-do list, prayer list, and other stuff I need to remember, like membership numbers or combinations to various locks. You can save just about anything to Evernote. That includes photos and URLs of resources you find online. Some writers use it in research. I’m still learning, but, so far, I really like it.

Don’t take my word for it, though.

I’m excited about the possibilities for Evernote, and I recommend that you give it a try.

Inspiration: Fear of Writing

I’m currently reading The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes. The title intrigued me. At first I thought it was silly to think that writing takes courage. But, as I started reading, I realized he has a point. In a section entitled “Page Fright,” he quotes some famous authors who share their fears.

“I suffer as always from the fear of putting down the first line. It is amazing the terrors, the magics, the prayers, the straightening shyness that assails one.” —John Steinbeck

So, I guess even legends like Steinbeck have fears. The blank page sometimes intimidates me. I’ve often feared that readers will not like what I write. What about you? Do you fear writing?

Readers, feel free to share in the comments. Do you use Evernote? Share tips and tricks. Do you think it takes courage to write? If you receive this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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2 Responses to An App for Writers and Fear of Writing

  1. Melissa Stroh June 24, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    I use OneNote, which, I believe, is basically the Microsoft competitor to Evernote. I really like OneNote, so it has me curious about Evernote and how they compare. Is it a pain to switch Evernote from one device to another? Say your laptop is old and you need a new one, but already have Evernote on two devices (the old laptop being one), does Evernote make switching from old to new easy?

    Just like you, I often fear that readers won’t like what I write. I’m especially fearful in approaching the submissions process with agents. The fear that they’ll reject it because the writing is no good, is always forefront in my mind. Enough so that I don’t want to put my writing out there. Then the flip side strikes, and I think, “What if it is good? What if they like it and want more, and I can’t deliver what’s expected?” Logically, its ridiculous. But I’m my own worst critic, and anxiety doesn’t give a flip about logic.

  2. Emily Akin June 24, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    I may address OneNote in another blog post. I started using it a couple of years ago and didn’t persist with it. I went to Evernote because Michael Hyatt was so stoked by it. I am logging into Evernote in the browser on my computer. I use the app on the phone and iPad. The computer doesn’t count as a device unless you download the app for PC or Apple. There are some who say the app is better on the computer than the browser version. If you have the app on a computer and a phone, that counts as two devices. Then, if you trade your computer, you would take the app off the old computer and download it for the new. You can log in via browser from any computer. I may revive OneNote to see how it compares to Evernote.

    I think all writers are fearful of showing their work to others. Rejections sometimes happen not because the writing is bad but because the publisher has already committed to someone else with similar subject matter or because the publisher doesn’t think there is a market for the work. They are sometimes wrong!

    We writers need to encourage one another.

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