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OneNote App and the Value of Persistence

Information: Microsoft’s OneNote

In my recent post about the Evernote note-taking app, subscriber Melissa Stroh suggested I look at OneNote. It is part of Microsoft’s free Office Online package, including Outlook mail, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneDrive (free storage), and more. Check out OneNote at this link. If you already have a Microsoft email account (,,, you can log into email on a browser and find all the free apps on the grid-style menu in the upper left corner.

I followed Melissa’s advice and checked out OneNote. I downloaded the OneNote app to my Android phone and to my laptop. Then, I copied and pasted all the stuff in my Evernote to OneNote. I can access OneNote with a browser on any computer, same as Evernote. The download process was  easy with the phone. On the laptop, however, the download took more time. So, if you’re busy, don’t start that process unless you have time to see it through. The app puts a OneNote icon in your system tray for easy access. Because OneNote does not limit the number devices I can use, I may also download it to my old iPad.

Melissa also asked how OneNote compares to Evernote. I can’t say for sure yet, because I’m still experimenting. Here’s an article that claims OneNote is better, “Evernote vs. OneNote.” Some would choose OneNote simply because is free and doesn’t limit the number of devices. I want to see how well it works for me before deciding to dump Evernote. With Evernote, you must upgrade to paid plan if you need it on more than two devices.

Readers, if you have experience with one or both, please comment and give us your opinion.

Inspiration: The Value of Persistence

In a comment on a recent post, Terry Whalin pointed out that it takes persistence to succeed in the writing business. Take a look at what some memorable writers have to say about persistence.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin

“The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” James Whitcomb Riley

“The truth of the matter is that the people who succeed in the arts most often are the people who get up again after getting knocked down. Persistence is critical.” Scott Turow

Readers, feel free to share in the comments. Do you use OneNote? Share tips and tricks. Are you inspired by quotes from famous writers? Share quotes if you like. 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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6 Responses to OneNote App and the Value of Persistence

  1. Cecelia Lester July 22, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    Emily, I can attest to the importance of being persistent. I had a rough couple of days this week getting my proof copy of my book error free.. I realized I had gtoo much invested to back away from it. I HAD to stay with it.

  2. Terry Whalin July 22, 2017 at 8:32 am #


    Great post about One Note and persistence. Thank you. I’ve used One Note but rarely.

    As far as quotes, I begin each day of my tweets with a quotation. I love the Benjamin Franklin quotation you used. Quotes are inspiring and I get a lot of positive feedback about my quotations on twitter.

    On perseverance, many people forget that the Chicken Soup for the Soul books were rejected over 140 times.Now that is a lot of rejection and moving forward in spite of the rejection. This series of books is one of the most bestselling books in the English language–yes behind the Bible but still selling lots. It would have never happened if these authors had given up. I find many authors give up too soon in the publication process. Sometimes it takes years of pitching to find the right connection for your material.


  3. Melissa Stroh July 22, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    Hey Emily!

    Thanks for tagging me in this post! Sure appreciate it! I look forward to hearing how OneNote works for you and how you think it compares to Evernote.

  4. Emily Akin July 24, 2017 at 8:17 am #

    Keep on keeping on, Cecelia. I hope you have a good, productive time at the Taylor conference.

  5. Emily Akin July 24, 2017 at 8:18 am #

    Thanks, Terry. You are about the most persistent person I know.

  6. Emily Akin July 24, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    Since that post went live, something went wrong with the OneNote app on my Android phone. I had to delete the app and re-install. Seems to be OK now. I have a feeling OneNote will always win the comparison with Evernote because OneNote is free for any number of devices.

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