More on the Evernote app? All right, all right, don’t tear my blog down. Allow me this last post (for the foreseeable future) on Evernote. After the introduction in the first post and the intermediate stuff in the second, this third post comes down to the nub, as far as we authors are concerned: the Evernote features that should be of most interest and benefit for them.
I hope you remember the essential components of Evernote:
- notebooks, the file names you use for your Evernote filing system
- notes, the data you file in Evernote (comprising your various notebooks)
- tags, the tags you give each data file to enable easy search and find.
Your work process
Evernote helps with your work in process and inventory. By work in process, I mean
- notebooks on each of your WIPs: each novel, short story, non-fiction work, whatever;
- notes you know are essential—or feel may be essential—for your WIP: past and current events, character traits, technical explanations, locations, you name it. These notes can be text, images, audio or video files;
- notes on people you need to work with: potential editors, proofreaders, publishers, cover designers, folk like that; and
- notes on miscellaneous stuff: books and articles you need to refer to, ideas for great titles, first lines, dialog, blurbs… you get the idea.
Mindmapping your work process
There is this great app for Evernote, Mohiomap. I have just started working on this app, and I am not able to stop experimenting.
Though the Evernote app makes for a great online moleskin, its thinking is like the Thing—linear, totally focused along straight lines. If you want some flexibility, like Mr. Fantastic, Mohiomap is just great for mutating and mindmapping your Evernote notes. It is an app you have to sign in to and authorize to access your Evernote account (obviously, you can delink any time you want).
Mohiomap helps you to
- create mindmaps from your Evernote notes with “pinned” nodes and radials;
- examine individual notes using the preview feature or on your browser or by launching your desktop Evernote; and
- examine individual nodes, their radials and attached notes.
Mohiomap has a zoom-in feature and a search feature that supports Evernote tags.
As your Evernote notes grow in number, you find yourself unable to get an overview of all the notes under a specific notebook or on a specific topic. Mohiomap lays it out for you, Google Maps style, at any resolution you want.
Incidentally, Mohiomap can also be used with your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts.
That makes Mohiomap a great tool for people who think visually, an ability I am trying to develop. At the moment, I am a Thing clone.
Indexing your Evernote data
You can use the CardDesk app, which is still in the beta stage, to organize your Evernote notes as index cards. CardDesk gives you a workspace, the Desktop, for this purpose. As with Mohiomap, you have to sign in and allow CardDesk access to your Evernote account. The Desktop occupies the major portion of your screen, while the Evernote contents are shown in a column to the left.
You drag notes from the left column to the Desktop to form index cards and organize them. You can
- have several Desktops, one for each of your Evernote data categories such as books, short stories and research topics;
- organize your cards in terms of size and color;
- tile and stack your cards when you want to move them around;
- view the Evernote note behind any card by double clicking on it;
- edit Evernote notes and add new ones from within the Desktop.
CardDesk allows you to set up a visual backdrop for brainstorming, rather like a game of mah jongg, where you shuffle the tiles around and see if it shows you the money.
And now ebooks
Recently, the Evernote app added a feature that allows you to make ebooks from your notes. Evernote has tied up with FastPencil, a DIY publishing site. I have not used this feature and am not sure of its suitability for top quality ebook publishing requirements. Further, I am not aware of any authors who have their entire manuscripts on Evernote.
I will be fooling around and seeing if this feature offers any tangible benefits.
And to wrap up, Evernote and Kindle
Are you in the habit of highlighting sections of books you read on Kindle? Want to access the highlighted sections for reference or other purposes as and when you need them?
You can import your highlights to Evernote from your Amazon account. If you are interested, you can dig further here. I don’t think I can do better than that.
Well, I am pretty much done with the Evernote app for the time being. I will be prospecting some more in that ever notin’ app, and if I come across some nuggets worth sharing, you bet I will share them.
Any nuggets you have to offer? We are agog, and the comments section awaits.