Saturday, May 15, 2010


There are days when I am lost in my screenplay, working through the scenes and trying to imagine sitting in the theater, watching as the characters play out my story. I drift through my day, not really focused on what is in front of me, but watching the screen in my head instead. Short bursts of action and how to describe them in the shortest possible sentences push me off balance and steal all of my energy.

Then I have days when I am ready to get back to the novel. I have long, flowing descriptions that stream out of my mind, ready to ripple effortlessly one after another after another.

Unfortunately, neither manage to make it into my computer.

My time is not my own. The demands of the family prevent me from running to the keyboard and typing for hours. So I am trying something new. I am trying to use the Evernote app to jot down these quick bursts of action and the rippling descriptions as I fold the laundry or dust the TV. I carry my phone most of the time anyway, so now I am going to try to pause to type a phrase or two instead of abandoning the mommy-job for the joy of writing. There has to be a way to do both! I will keep track this week and see how many times I am able to use Evernote and then continue with the task at hand...

Any other suggestions for iPhone apps that would help me write and live my life?


  1. Wow, do I know about how to try to balance mommy jobs with writing. I admire screenplay writers...and the fact that you work on novels too!

    Well done.
    ~ Wendy

  2. I don't deserve congratulations yet - only used Evernote once last month, and then I ended up deleting what I wrote. I almost need a wireless voice recorder that will then transcribe my notes and email them to me. Is there an app for that?... Probably.

    I did use Evernote to take photos of cars I tested when shopping for a new car, and that was helpful, but probably no more helpful than simply taking photos alone. Still, I like the idea of Evernote.