My Evernote User Case for Aspiring Writers Out There

“I rely on Evernote to work seamlessly across the many platforms and gadgets that I use. In fact, the manuscript for my book, the first about Evernote in Bahasa Indonesia, “Mengingat Segalanya dengan Evernote (Remember Everything with Evernote)” was written mobile using the Evernote’s family of products on five different gadgets.”

When I was planning to write my book about Evernote an idea came cross to my mind. Why not use Evernote’s family of products to do it? I’ve managed to write articles for a couple of media with it anyway. I have written 6 books before and I knew that writing books will be more complex than writing articles. And it will be something I have never done before. But the thought of able to write it mobile excited me. It would be an experiment that I still needed to complete on time based on my publisher’s deadline. But I took the chance anyway.

So, there I was using Evernote as a hub for my upcoming book called “Mengingat Segalanya dengan Evernote (Remember Everything with Evernote)”. It was going to be the first book about Evernote in Indonesia. I started by organizing all of the research materials and references on a certain notebook, “ref”. Most of the stuffs were from the internet that I clipped using either Clearly or the Web Clipper. I also used other apps from the trunk. Some are my own created notes, emails, shared notes, and documentation from my adventurous trip visiting Evernote’s head quarter at Redwood City and attended the Evernote Trunk Conference.

Always having Evernote with me all the time in any of the gadgets that I used made it easy to capture ideas for the book. Which I then put together on a certain notebook, “design”. This notebook also contain important discussions that I had with my publisher and with the Evernote team.

Notes Containing Manuscript for The Book
Notes Containing Manuscript for The Book

Then I literally wrote the draft inside Evernote, again on a certain notebook, “content”. I structured the notes to sections of the book with a special notes that acted as the table of content. This note contained note links to all of the other notes which made it easier to see the big picture and access different section of the book.

For the screenshots, Skitch just worked like a charm. Not just it helped me to capture things, but annotated and emphasizing certain part on them. This was nice because the readers will get to understand things quicker when they get to the how to use Evernote section. I even used Skitch to communicate design ideas with the graphic designer for the cover.

Using Evernote allowed me to write mobile. I didn’t always have to make special time to write because I can be as productive on times that might as well be wasted, like when I was commuting. Plus, I got to do it with any gadget that happened to be in my hand. I also co-created a chapter with several other users who were happy to share their Evernote stories. I just simply sent their shared notes to my own Evernote account for later editing. You can see the real manuscript on the content notebook below.

With an important project like this, I needed more from Evernote. So, I used the premium service to get bigger upload quotas and use the offline notebooks feature.

And whenever a reference got integrated I moved that piece to another notebook, “zdone” to keep track of things. And when the manuscript was ready all I needed to do was converted it into a format that my publisher used. You can see the notebook structure inside a stack.

My Stack of Notebooks for the Book
My Stack of Notebooks for the Book


And this is the published book. You can check details the book here, Mengingat Segalanya dengan Evernote [Cuplikan Buku]

Buku Mengingat Segalanya dengan Evernote
Buku Mengingat Segalanya dengan Evernote


To sum it up, the way we use Evernote can be very personal, depending on our activities and preferences.  I hope my user case can inspire you to get more out of Evernote, especially in terms of writing. Btw, I also wrote this post using Evernote.

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