Thursday, August 9, 2012

Apps I Use: Evernote

The Evernote Elephant

By day I'm an IT Guy.  If you worked where I do, I'd be the person you called when your computer wasn't working, when the database needed tweaking, and when that third-party vendor still hadn't fixed the sales data export that your entire department depends on.  Yeah, that guy.

While I don't have the latest & greatest electronic toys (iPhones cost money, ya know?) I do have some favorite applications that I use with my writing that you might find useful, too.

My favorite app for note taking is Evernote.  Evernote's tag line is "Remember Everything" and it helps me come close.  When I remember to create a note, Evernote auto-syncs, keeping my Evernote profile notes updated everywhere I care to connect to them

Evernote allows you to create Notes (basic text documents) and organize them into Notebooks.  I have Notebooks for various aspects of The Book (character ideas; chapter revision notes; query tweaks, agent feedback notes;) as well as for Recipes, Musicians to follow up on, Blog entry ideas.  I also have one for Agent Questions -- a Notebook that came in very handy when I got that first leave-me-breathless-and-unable-to-talk-much-less-think-clearly call from Agent #1.

Here's why I like it:

* It's Free.  Sure, there's a pay version, but that's only if you want additional features or plan to upload lots of data to your notes.  In my four years of text-only notes, I've never come close to my monthly limit.  And their in-application ad is small enough that it rarely bothers me.

* You can access it from your desktop, smart(er than my) phone, and the web.  That means if you can get online, you can get to your notes.

* It's cross-platform.  Mac/PC, iPhone/Android.  Pick a browser.

* It's simple, does what I need it to do, and then gets out of the way.

* Did I mention, it's FREE.

If don't use Evernote and like the idea of a multi-sync, cross-platform note keeping application, take a minute to watch their introductory video.

What applications do you use in your writing?  I'd appreciate any recommendations you have!

Disclosure of Material Connection: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the product/brand/services that I have mentioned.

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