Evernote has become one of my top valuable tools for taming my writing research.
Things Evernote can do:
• Synchs your computer with your notebook/iPad and phone
• Gives you the ability to capture photos with your phone (think museum signs, magazine articles, highlight notes from a book you’re reading)
• Audio record any tidbits of brilliance you have about your book in progress
• Clip URLs along with the webpage so you’ll always have the information if the site goes down
• Clip your reviews, interviews and tweets that you might want to reuse
When you download evernote you are asked to set up a notebook. Think of it as a bookshelf where everything is filed. To make specific notebooks click on the notebooks icon, select new notebook and name it.
I have notebooks for my current works in progress where I keep the synopsis, character information and current chapter I’m working on. Doing that allows me to ‘write and think’ on the go. I can pull up the information while waiting somewhere or maybe when I need a break from my office.
Tags are your friend.
I may have too many!
I use a research tag as a main tag, under that I add other tags, this allows me to collapse the research tag when I’m not using it. Less visual clutter is always a good thing, right? Below you’ll see that tag expanded and my travel tag is open.
While writing A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee I realized the research collected could be used for other books. Evernote is a perfect place to store my online library. I even store photos that catch my eye for possible characters and settings, without fear of that nasty copyright law since it’s for personal use.
- Ever used Evernote to organize your writing? click to tweet
- Can Evernote help you organize your writing? Diana Brandmeyer says YES and shows you how: click to tweet
A blog notebook is useful for collecting those enticing tidbits for later blog posts.
A dialogue notebook could hold audio snippets of conversations from museum tours or how an accent sounds.
Evernote is free if you stay under a certain amount of data. I did pay for a subscription because I was collecting a lot of family information and went over my limit.
Have I given you enough information to want to try Evernote? Once you download it don’t forget to search for articles and videos to help you.
Diana Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances for the Christian market. Once widowed and now remarried, she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.