Ever since I posted my Evernote review, I’ve gotten several questions about how exactly I’m using it to write my book. I only touched on that subject in passing in my first post, so I wanted to give everyone a much more in-depth look at how I’m using Evernote to write my ebook, and how you can use it to do the same.
The primary reason I started using Evernote several months ago was for the automatic sync’ing across any computer or device. At different times, I find myself working on any one of three devices that we have – a new Macbook, an old PC laptop, and my iPad. Anytime that I update, edit, or create a new Note, everything that I do is automatically saved to all three devices, which means that I always have the latest draft of my work available, regardless of which device I’m working on that day. That sort of functionality just can’t be beat.
When you start working with Evernote, the first thing that you’ll do is set up a Notebook. I use a different Notebook for each project that I have going. So I have one Notebook for The Ebook Ebook, one for the email marketing freebie I wrote, another for general purposes, and so on.
Once you have your Notebook set up, you’ll create a new Note to get started on your book. I use different Notes for several different purposes. First, each section of the book gets its own Note. This makes it easy to scroll through each note and see what I’ve written quickly, plus it helps me keep things organized in my head.
I also have a separate Note for the table of contents and outline, one for questions that come up as I write, one for brainstorming, and several more.
Another thing that I like about using Evernote is the Tag system. I Tag each Note with relevant keywords, much like you can do in WordPress, and this simplifies the process of organizing my Notes. For instance, I have Tags for content (stuff that’s actually going in my book), research, tools and products (helpful online tools that I’m planning on mentioning or using in my book), and a couple more. You could also keep track of your writing process by Tagging Notes as “rough draft”, “needs more work”, “to be edited”, and “final draft”.
There is one feature that Evernote has that I haven’t used in my book writing yet. Evernote will let you take a picture with your smartphone and save it directly into a Note. We recently got an iPhone and have the Evernote app on it, but I haven’t needed to do this so far.
However, if your book is going to have lots of pictures, that would be a very handy tool to have. If you were writing a recipe book, for instance, you could type the recipe into a Note, snap a picture of the meal when you’re done cooking it, and Evernote will save the two together in the same Note without you have to having to copy and paste it in.
Like I said in my first review of Evernote, I can’t believe that a program/app this helpful is free. It’s full of awesome, and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs to do research, take notes, keep large amounts of data organized, or write a book.