Laura here.

Today, I’m honored to bring you a guest post from my Twitter friend Adam Kershner, who’s also the creator of an awesome new product called Kahana. Adam’s been a wonderful supporter of Voyage of the Mind, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to support him back. Kahana is — Well, I’ll let his post explain it to you. Without further ado, here it is. 

Hi there. Now I have your attention.

Oh?

You think this is a clever opening and you’re intrigued to see what comes next?

You’re amused.

Usually, you’re in control as the reader. However, you can sense this is different. This is strange. Unexpected, perhaps. You’re like a rogue fish, inspecting potential food that’s floating unassumingly in the water. Swimming closer, you can’t help but fixate on the words.

Is the writing good or bad?

Is this a lure disguised as food?

Is this post even worth my time?

Swimming, floating, contemplating. Until….

… you can no longer resist the urge.

What did you just read? It’s called a hook. If you’re still with me, I’ve maintained your attention. But here — take your attention back!

I don’t actually want it at all. My mission is actually to liberate your attention. You’ll fully understand this after reading this piece. For now, I’ll cut to the chase and tell you exactly what you need to know so you can move on with your life. No bullshit. No fluff. The last thing I want to do is waste your time.

I’ll keep this short. I’m going to tell you about Kahana, which is a new product I designed. I hope you like it!  

Problem: Creative People Struggle to be Creative

Whenever you design a solution, the first thing you are going to want to do is actually understand the problem and do market research. Luckily, the problem Kahana solves is one I’ve struggled with all my life, so I’m intimately familiar.

My very first memory, in my entire life, is the evening I discovered writing as a 5-year-old. I remember rolling around on the floor like a worm, navigating by sensing the texture of the red carpet on my skin. I remember scrawling words vigorously on a crumpled piece of paper. I remember hoisting my prized magnum opus up against the lamplight, the perfect translucent medium, to marvel at my work. As an energizer bunny disguised as a human child, the patience and focus I experienced while writing was nothing short of a miracle.

Discovering my passion was never the challenge. The challenge, which makes me grimace every time I think about it, is living in a world that can be vicious, harsh, and lonely to creatives. At what point does a child’s passion become a curse? At what point does an adolescent with a passion for voice-acting need to find an interest that is more… serious?

There are millions of content creators on planet earth who are passionate about what they do but admittedly still struggle to stay disciplined. It’s easy to write when you’re young, when you have more “disposable time.” But, eventually, life always sneaks up on you. You inevitably get busier. Disruptions sneak into creative mental space.

Over time, people just give up and say, “It is what it is. I don’t write as much now as I would like to.”

Why is it so difficult to simply do what one loves? I knew I wasn’t the only person who had felt this way. I began to wonder if there was a better way to make writing more accessible in daily life. As an entrepreneur, I began digging deeper into the root reason behind this “creation conundrum.”

Problem: Content Creation Technology is Fragmented and Disjointed

Has your desktop ever resembled something like the image below? 

Of course it has, and it sucks.

Why does this happen? I’ll break it down.

Creating content isn’t just about the time spent physically sitting down and typing text on a computer; creating content is a massive process. Notes are taken on mobile phones. Words are scribbled on post-it notes. Manuscripts are split between Google Drive and Microsoft Word. Sometimes dual monitors get involved. Content eventually gets post on Medium, Pinterest, Substack, and plenty more platforms I’ve yet to hear of. Everything happens under one creative umbrella, yet many still view content creation as a step-wise, incremental process.

Because there is a lack of understanding of the content creation process, the majority of digital tools in the space are not appropriately designed with the creative end-user in mind.

Let’s face it, Microsoft Word is ugly. Google Docs is the definition of “nyeh.” I’m a serial writer, and even I think Scrivener is downright scary.

The absence of good tech for content creation is more than a nuisance to me; it is a completely debilitating point of suffering. Because applications are unintuitive and non-interoperable, information processing happens separately in a siloed way that is completely inefficient and wastes a ton of time. Sometimes, I would rather get smacked in the face with a ceramic vase than sit down at my computer and deal with a cluttered workspace while trying to write. 

Solution: Kahana Makes Being Creative Easier Than Ever

The image below is the workspace screen of the Kahana alpha product (my baby). As you can see, I wrote this entire post in the app itself. How’s that for déjà vu? One of the many ways I use Kahana is to save my favorite pieces from Voyage of the Mind, and other blogs I read, directly into a workspace for later. This is really easy and helps me stay organized with everything neatly bundled and immediately accessible for me, despite my hectic schedule.

Basically, here’s what you get with Kahana:

  • Have everything in one place
  • Toggle between materials
  • Manage unlimited projects

Some of the key features include:

  • Zen Mode (so you can stay focused)
  • Smart Linking (so you can link files to text within the app)
  • Enhanced Web Clipper (for saving web pages)

It’s easy to see how the environment naturally organizes content in a more intelligent and logical manner. There are no complicated functions to learn. There are no overwhelming features to master. Aesthetically, forest green coloration was selected because it is naturally soothing to the eye and elicits calm.

Kahana is designed and constructed to activate a mental state of immersive creative flow. It actually does this. Outside disruptions recede from consciousness. Folks have cited longer, sharper, and steadier attention spans while using Kahana. People forget they’re using a product and instead experience intrinsic joy for the creative task itself: that’s what really matters.

The best way to learn is to explore. If you’re interested in learning more about Kahana, feel free to visit our website.

We have a long voyage ahead (had to sneak it in there!) and there will be challenges, but my team and I are working tirelessly to innovate and enhance the Kahana user experience for you. I know we have only just begun to scratch the surface of possibilities. We cannot wait to build more for you.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this post. I certainly had a blast writing it.

If you have any ideas to make Kahana better, literally reach out to meGreat products come from great feedback from real people. Let’s make cool stuff happen together! I adore connecting with other writers and talking through strategies to improve Kahana. What can be better than hanging out with other writers and improving a product that makes our lives easier?

I would love to hear from you! 🙂

P.S. 

Shout-out to my favorite illustrator, Minnichi, who never gives herself enough credit!

Shout-out to Laura for being both extremely kind and generous in letting me put this rubbish on Voyage of the Mind.  

Laura again.

I hope you’re as intrigued by Kahana as I am! As I embark on a new novel project, I’m about to head over to the website to start my free trial. Why not start yours? (I gain no commission — I’m doing this because Adam has a great product that I truly think streamlines productive creativity.) I want to thank Adam again for collaborating with Voyage of the Mind. It’s an honor to work with my fellow creatives towards creative solutions! 

Both Adam and I would love to know what you thought about this article. Contact Adam using the info above, or drop a comment here! As always, thank you for reading on Voyage of the Mind. 

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