Writing Tools: Evernote

Does this sound familiar? It’s the middle of the night, and you’re about to go to sleep, when a brilliant story idea or dialogue or just some absolutely perfect prose pops into your head. What do you do?

Most of us in this wide digital world are never very far from our smart phones, and there’s plenty of note taking apps out there. But if I had to pick my favorite, it would be Evernote. (evernote.com)

Taking notes or writing on your phone can be a great way to keep your notes safe – you can’t lose them like a piece of paper. But when it comes time to making some progress in your manuscript, most of us would rather use a full size keyboard than our thumbs. Or, maybe you take opportunities during the day to write on your phone, but there are still times when it would be useful to be able to work from a computer. That brings up the problem of: how do you get from notes on your phone to notes on your computer?

Evernote has a desktop install, plus a phone app, and a web interface. So when you make a note on your phone, you can open it straight away on your computer. Or, if you’re not on your personal computer, you can log in on the web and access all of your notes there.

I’ve used Evernote during NaNoWriMo to compose my stories using tags, folders, and separate notes to write prose, character profiles, as well as research notes. I also use Evernote when I give seminars because I can write my presentation on my computer and then use the app on my tablet to reference while I’m in front of a crowd.

If you’ve never used Evernote, or are not quite happy with whatever your current note solution is, give it a try. There’s a free version that’s available to everyone who has an email address.

As a note, I’m not a representative or employee for Evernote, just a editor/writer who has found their application extremely useful.

What note taking application do you use? Would you recommend it to other writers? The comments are always open.

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