Like a lot of you, I carry a notebook every day and take a ton of handwritten notes about most everything from grocery lists to my someday novel.
I prefer writing on paper with a pen and have no interest in using handwriting apps for the smartphone, digital pens or tablet and stylus to capture my thoughts. Something about that just seems to suck all the creativity right out of the process. Over the years, we've heard from many of you who feel exactly the same way.
The problem is that I end up with a whole lot of written material with no easy way to organize it and little to no searchability. It's frustrating when I can remember writing down some brilliant idea that's hanging right there at the edge of my memory, and I have to flip through every page of a dozen notebooks just to find it.
So, what I end up doing periodically is transcribing my handwritten notes book by book into Microsoft OneNote. As you can imagine, it's a tedious process.
That's why I was really excited the other day when I saw a headline in the Guardian, "How can I convert my handwritten notes into Word documents?" Unfortunately, my excitement had dimmed considerably by the time I finished reading . It seems there is no really good way of converting handwritten notes to text. Continue reading