Evernote – the Author’s Ultimate Companion

I just read a great article over on Lifehacker by Walter Glenn called: How to Use Evernote for Writing Fiction!

I personally already use Evernote with all my writing, but I have a completely different setup than he does.

Here’s a photo of my setup:

Not only do I use the desktop program, but I use the Web clipper extensions for both Chrome and Explorer. I also use the Android phone app and it has the wonderful ability to “share” from inside of other apps to Evernote (like Flipboard). I like to use Evernote over Scrivener to keep all my research and novel notes organized, tagged and searchable… not to mention more portable since I have the Evernote app on all my devices.

As you might be able to see in the photo for my setup, I use a default notebook called “@inbox” where I collect everything and then sort it into various notebooks with tags later when I have more time … great when I’m reading or surfing on my phone.

I also have separate notebooks for each story that I’m currently working on and then I further break down those notebooks into sub-notebooks. One of my main sub-notebooks that I use all the time is the “@<story title>StoryIdeas” notebook for each story … so everytime I get an idea for one of my stories in progress, I just put it in here with the current date and I have a running log of all the ideas I’ve come up with and when I came up with them.

Another notebook I came up with is one I titled “Chrysalis Chamber” … these are notes (usually story ideas) that are no longer valid to any of my stories, but I don’t want to delete them (put them in the trash folder) so I keep them in ‘a Chrysalis’ instead so I can revisit them and see what I once thought might work in a story, but decided against keeping. I like to use them as seeds for other stories to grow from.

I also have a “<story title>Characters” notebook with separate character sketch notes for each character in my stories. I then make a notebook called “@<story title>index:Characters” where I create a list of all the characters, alphabetically by name, and then I create note links from that list to the individual character sketch notes back in the characters notebook. I find it easier and faster to go into the index when I’m thinking of a character and click on their name; then their character sketch note opens and I can read it to refresh my memory on that particular character that I’m focusing on.

Here’s a better close-up photo of my Notebooks structure as of 07/25/2018: