Successful author Susan Orlean is well known for her work as a veteran journalist at The New Yorker as well as several critically acclaimed nonfiction books. Her research has been the foundation for literary non-fiction, including her investigation of a Florida orchid grower (The Orchid Thief) and long-form journalism with her profile of a clique of surfer girls in Maui (“Life’s Swell”).
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Susan’s journalistic skills are traits all writers can learn and adopt for themselves. Many of the same qualities of reporting—expanding on ideas, asking questions, taking good notes, creating detailed outlines, and structuring a story—are elements required to piece together compelling nonfiction and fiction alike.
Susan manages many of these details in Evernote, which helps her focus on her writing and on hitting deadlines.
We interviewed Susan last week via email about how she uses Evernote for writing success.
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Do you have Evernote tips that help you through your writing process? Do you use it for writing, information gathering, source capture?
I use Evernote extensively for collecting information and organizing it—especially web material. I just discovered the “stacks” feature, which is especially helpful. I also use Livescribe Pen, so I have notes uploaded directly to Evernote in their written form. Having all my material on all my work devices (computer, iPad, phone) also makes me feel like I am always able to use any bit of time to review and organize material.
Link to the rest at Evernote and thanks to Joshua for the tip.
PG was an early adopter of Evernote and has been a big fan ever since. See here and here for some earlier posts. You can get most of Evernote’s features in the free version. PG signed up for the premium version, but he paid mostly to show support for the company.