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Writers – Get Organized With Evernote!

Updated on November 4, 2017

What Is Evernote?

Evernote is a great piece of software for all writers, but it is an invaluable aid to Internet writers. Evernote is a suite of software that allows you to easily organize all of your notes, web pages or clippings, files, images, and even sound clips. The product is available for mobile devices, tablets and computers, which means that you can easily access your saved content from any of your devices. Just thought of an idea for a story while you're out and about? Get on your phone, fire up your Evernote app, and take a few notes before you forget. Browsing the Internet and saw a page that you could use as a reference for an article that you're writing? Just clip it! Want to organize all of your reference material along with your writing? Evernote makes it easy!

Evernote on my Computer, Tablet and Droid Razor
Evernote on my Computer, Tablet and Droid Razor | Source

Evernote Got Me Organized

As an Internet writer, this product seemed ideal for me. I installed the Windows desktop version of Evernote on my Windows 8 computer along with the companion product Evernote Web Clipper. Evernote Web Clipper is available as a browser extension (in my case Chrome). What's the difference between the two products? Evernote Web Clipper allows you to capture and store Web content into your Evernote database. You can either select portions of content, or store entire Web pages.The desktop version of Evernote allows you to access and manipulate this content off-line. I also installed the appication on my android tablet and my Droid Razor phone.

I love to write research articles for the Internet. When I ran across an interesting Web article that I wanted to use as a reference for a future research article, I would bookmark it. Although I carefully organized my bookmarks into folders, things quickly got ugly and unmanageable. Then I found Evernote.

I went from this...


To This!

Evernote notebooks
Evernote notebooks | Source

Getting Started With Evernote

I started out by making notebook names according to the topics that I wanted to write about. Then I browsed the web, and whenever I came across an article of interest, I used the Web Clipper to put it into a chosen notebook.

Below is an example of using the clipper to put an article about Asperger's Syndrome into my Aspergers notebook. When you click on the Clipper button on your browser bar, a box appears in which you can select what notebook you want to place the Web page in, along with tags and comments.

Clipping a Web Page With Evernote
Clipping a Web Page With Evernote | Source

Once you save the article, it's available to you on all of the other versions of the application - Windows desktop, tablet and phone. However, in order to see the article in the other versions, you need to sync them up first by clicking the sync button. Since the database is stored on the cloud, you need to keep all of your Evernote versions in sync in order to view the updated database.

Here's my newly saved article as it appears in the Windows version of Evernote


Using Evernote as an Editor

It's easy to use Evernote to write your articles, since it's a fully functional editor. Because all of your reference materials are also in Evernote, it's a snap to go back and forth between the article that you are writing and articles that you are using for reference. This is a huge time saver.

The Evernote Editor
The Evernote Editor | Source

Using Evernote to Collaborate

Evernote makes It very easy to work in collaboration with other writers or to get feedback on your writing. Using the share feature, you can allow others to view your notebooks. An invitation will be sent to their mailbox, and they can then access the notebook that you are sharing.


Download Evernote

Here's the link to the Evernote site where you can get your download -

The Best Part is It's FREE

As you can see, I'm extremely enthusiastic about this product, and the best part of it is it's free. There's a limit to how much data you can download in the free version - 60 MB a month. With the paid version you can download 1 GB each month. An upgrade to the paid version costs $45.00 annually. So far, I haven't even come close to the 60 MB limit, and haven't had to upgrade.

In conclusion, I give Evernote an enthusiastic 5 stars!

5 stars for Evernote

Take a Quick Tour of Evernote

© 2013 Margaret Perrottet


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