There is a lot of noise at the moment about Chris Anderson’s (alleged) plagiarism from Wikipedia. He talks about the difficulty of citing references for internet sites, which we can probably all relate to. There are so many recommended formats! Plus, we can get ideas from everywhere on the internet and surf so fast that we forget where those ideas came from.
I am currently researching my next book which will be a fiction novel – an adventure in writing for me, and a whole new stack of research to do (which I LOVE!) Previously, I have kept notes on Word documents and in diaries, but I have recently found Evernote, which is making things a lot easier (Thanks to The 2.0 Life for this review which got me started).
I have also found the fantastic Audioboo iPhone app allowing me to create mini podcasts. Click play for a 2:30 min audio of me describing what I write about below.
What is Evernote?
It is a desktop client, an online site and an iPhone app and you can use all or just some of these options. They can also synch so you can view what you have saved anywhere.
When you are surfing the internet and you find an interesting picture, or text or link, you just click Add to Evernote (installed on your toolbar) , then add tags and it is put into Evernote with the URL and time/date stamp. You create the posts into Notebooks so you can split things up, so I have a Notebook for Novel research, another for posts I need to get back to, one for blog ideas and more.
You can also send emails to your Evernote account that get added as notes, so you can declutter your inbox and read them later. Plus record audio, add pictures and so much more that I am just discovering. I have only been using it a few days but I wanted to share it with you because it is SO useful.
I will be using Evernote AND Audiobook a lot more – so expect a video at some point soon!