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?