How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Writing

I’m in love with Evernote.

See, my very first historical epic was halfway written on my phone in Notes.

That’s over 50,000 words I had to scroll through in one single note!

But a couple months after I began writing my novel, my sister introduced me to this awesome thing called Evernote.

I was able to totally organize that 123k monster and know exactly where everything was.

I’ve used it for my novels, stories, blog posts, notes, and to-do lists ever since!

(This isn’t a paid promotion. I seriously love Evernote. 10/10 recommend. 😂)

I’m begging to be pinned. Just hover over me!

In case you’re in need of a better place to store your writing or just want to browse through Evernote’s benefits, I’ll outline exactly how I store my writing in Evernote; for both fiction and non-fiction projects.

What is Evernote?

Evernote can be a (free!) website, computer app, or mobile app that’s basically a collection of digital notebooks.

I don’t recommend the computer app; its interface isn’t as sleek.

But the site (shown above) and mobile app (what I finished my historical epic on) are awesome.

How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Writing

In each notebook, you can create multiple notes and write down things. You can also add stuff like photos or drawings.

I have notebooks for my blogs, projects, things I want to take notes on, and books.

For your fiction writing, you’ll make one notebook for each book.

For non-fiction writing, you’ll make one notebook for each blog or project.

These are some of my notes for Warfare Book I.

I create a separate note for each chapter.

I also create a separate note for each section of brainstorming or of my outline.

You could always create a separate notebook for purely outlining stuff, but I wanted to keep everything together so I could easily access it.

I sort my notes this way so the chapters are in correct order.

This is what chapter one of Warfare Book I looks like!

(Click on the picture if you’d like to read it! I just completely re-outlined the first scene in my macro edit, so what you’re reading won’t stay, but that’s a taste of my fiction writing style.)

I finished writing the rest my first novel’s first draft in Evernote, but now, I write my drafts in Word so I can see my word count and have a backup of everything.

After I save a chapter in Word, I copy it over to Evernote, where the organization and layout is the best.

Here’s an example of a non-fiction notebook. For this blog, no less. XD

I have notes for my post schedule, the welcome email for my email list, blogs to guest post on, and outlines for my downloadable PDFs.

Evernote is awesome for quick sharing of notes.

Or entire notebooks!

There’s also an awesome work chat in which you can easily share to a friend’s email address. And if they create an Evernote account, they can chat with you.

And, last but not least, this search feature searches everything.

I thought I lost a few chapters, but after using this handy little guy I found out they were just in the wrong notebooks. 😂



Aaand… that’s how I use Evernote to organize my writing!

Evernote even has note templates for fiction writers. There are world-building, character profiling, and even three-act plot structure templates! (I was so surprised. 😂) Check them out here.

Tell me your opinion: what do you use to organize your writing?

 

By | 2018-05-28T13:30:06+00:00 May 28th, 2018|Writing, Writing Tools|45 Comments

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45 Comments

  1. Silverfoxstudios May 28, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Funny thing is, I also use Evernote to organize my notes for writing. I use Google Drive to writing my novel in, so I can see how many pages it is, but evernote is the only thing I’ll use for notes. Like I have a notebook for Book 1,2,3 that I am writing. And in those notebooks I have random ideas I could use or snippets. I also have a note for every 5 scenes. That way I have a backup copy for my scene outlines.
    Imagine if you lost your notebooks with character Arcs and you didn’t have a back up copy? You would probably scream for the whole world to hear your frustration.
    It’s cool to see what other people use evernote for though. I thought I was OCD until I saw how organized your folders were.

    • Madison Grace May 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Google Docs is what I used to allow alpha readers to comment on my book. It was great!

      And oh my goodness, yes. I would definitely be screaming. I hate losing my stuff! XD

      • Silverfoxstudios May 28, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

        My family will be forever scarred after the ear-shattering scream I let lose after I spilled my water bottle on my scene outlines. After 2 hours in the sun, it was just a bit wrinkly and the ink was blurred. The scream turned out to be unnecessary.

        • Madison Grace June 2, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

          I probably would’ve screamed, too. So relieved you could still read them! I hate when stuff like that happens.

  2. Chloe (aka Crystal) May 28, 2018 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard of that, but never tried it. I think I’ll have to take a look. It sounds like something I could use instead of the Notes on my phone xD

  3. Kirstyn Todd May 28, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    This sounds really cool and a better organizing tool than Docs, but there is a problem with this.

    If the computer version is really that bad, then Docs is probably better than Evernote because I’m not allowed to have a phone yet, and I hate using my tablet to write (IT’S SOOOOO SLOW OH MY GOODNESS). But if the Evernote site isn’t so horribly bad that you can’t use it, this would be really great! 🙂

    • Madison Grace May 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      I use the Evernote site ( http://evernote.com ) 99% of the time. All it requires is an internet connection (which is why Evernote the computer app would be good for if you’re traveling; I just don’t like its interface).

      • Kirstyn Todd May 28, 2018 at 5:14 pm - Reply

        Yeah, I just installed the computer app, and it kinda feels more confusing than it should be. And the buttons are a little small. :/ I should probably check out the site.

        • Madison Grace June 2, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

          Yeah, the computer app stinks. The website is the way to go for sure.

  4. olivehiddenhollow May 28, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    OOOH COOL. I’ve been outlining the middle of my book in an actual notebook, but Ivy took it and was reading some of the pages aloud and mocking my handwriting while I tried to get it from her. “That doesn’t even look like a ‘g’! And is that a ‘d’? you know what I’m just guessing here…” and I’m just like “give me that I can read it and that’s what’s important and it’s not that bad you’re just dyslexic GIVE ME IT” 😑
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison Grace June 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      I have a feeling my brother Russell and Ivy would get along quite well. That’s exactly something he would do! 😂😒

  5. Caleb E King May 28, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    This looks cool! I just write down my ideas on one document called “Ideas for Book Name” 😋

  6. Hannah May 28, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    This is such a great idea! I often have the problem of scrolling through a bunch of pages in my Word Document before I can start writing!

    • Madison Grace June 2, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      I had the same problem when I kept all my chapters in one note on my phone, too!

  7. Laura Beth May 29, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I love this. I currently use a composition notebook for hand-written notes, ideas, etc., but all my novels are in different files in Microsoft Word. However, I really like the idea of Evernote – A lot. I’ll definitely be looking into it. Thanks!!

    • Madison Grace June 2, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      I hope Evernote proves to be just as useful for you as it is for me! Not a day goes by that I don’t use it.

      • Laura Beth June 2, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

        Thanks! I’m going to download it next week.

  8. Xyra May 29, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Interesting tool!

  9. Julia May 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Evernote sounds pretty cool! 😃 But I don’t have a phone (not allowed one till I can pay the bills for it); do you think I should still try it out on my laptop?

    • Madison Grace June 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Definitely! The website is better than the phone app anyway.

  10. Enni May 29, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I just got Evernote and honestly…the templates are so, so helpful. 😀 I’m using it to plot one of my newer plot bunnies currently, and they’re…fun! XD

  11. Chelsea Pennington May 29, 2018 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Have you ever tried Scrivener? I’ve always just done my writing in Microsoft Word but I’ve been looking for programs like this for organizing. I had Scrivener recommended to me but it costs money, and I’m curious if you know how using Evernote compares

    • Madison Grace June 2, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      I have not, but Josie Beth has used both Scrivener and Evernote and I’m sure she could tell you how they compare.

    • Josie Beth June 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Evernote is better than Word, but between Evernote and Scrivener is more of a personal preference. Evernote is good because it’s free, it currently has a better interface if you’re a PC user, it has a web clipper, and it’s easier to use. Scrivener is good because it’s better for organizing longer documents since you can have an endless amount of folders, you can see everything at a glance, you can easily upload files and images, you can write descriptions, etc. Basically, Scrivener has a lot more features, and Evernote is simpler with less features but free. If you’re willing to learn and have a bit of money, go with Scrivener. If you don’t want to spend money or you prefer simple, go with Evernote.

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  14. Mukta June 2, 2018 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I used to use evernote a lot but it didn’t stick. Thanks a million for the tips, girl! Now I can use it for something other than audio recordings of my cousin screeching.

    • Madison Grace June 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      It’s definitely not for everyone, but it might prove more helpful to you. Haha, my pleasure! 😂

  15. Josie Beth June 3, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Hehe awesome post! I love organization so much. It keeps my little writer brain happy. I mostly use Scrivener now though just ’cause I paid for it and like to have everything in one spot, but I still use the Evernote Web Clipper.

    • Madison Grace June 6, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Ironically, I’ve never used the web clipper. But now that I think about it, it would make HWBA notes a lot easier!

  16. Emily Justice June 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    This looks interesting! Thanks for sharing, Madi. 😀

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    • Madison Grace June 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      You bet! Your button is up.

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      • Bella June 14, 2018 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        I can’t seem to find your button for your lifestyle blog! Would you mind sending me a link to the page it’s on? Thanks so much! 🙂

        • Madison Grace June 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

          Of course! Here it is: http://madigrace.org/buttons I took it down since I’m not going to be button-swapping anymore, but you’re welcome to take the button on there.

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