Tuesday, January 12, 2021

How to Use Evernote


Evernote can be used on Mac, Android, and PC. Download from the app store or visit their website to connect. I’ll focus on the mobile version of the app first.

Getting Started

Evernote sorts your work into Notebooks with notes. Users begin with a starter notebook. 

Naming Notebooks

It’s a good idea to name notebooks as you go, to keep everything organized. Click and hold down on the notebook and a pop-up menu will appear. Rename, delete, move the notebook as needed.

Adding Notes

At the bottom of the screen, click the New note button (usually green with a plus sign). A new note will open with the title of the notebook above. Type to add data to the note. When finished, press the check mark at the top of the screen.

Adding Different Types of Notes

At the bottom of the screen, click on the up arrow next to New note. This will display a list of types of notes to choose from: Add a reminder, Record audio, Add attachment, Start sketching, Take photo, Blank note. Click on the one needed. These options are available once inside a blank note as well. Once in the note, click on the clock icon for a reminder. Click on the paperclip at the top to attach a file, take a photo, record audio, or write longhand. Click the check mark at the top when finished.

Editing Existing Notes

Click on the note on your notebook page. Click on the green pencil at the bottom of the page to edit the note. Press the check mark when finished. Each new note gets a space in the notebook, listed chronologically as you create them with the date and time of each entry. Reminders are listed at the top of the notebook. Any entry with a reminder has a little clock next to it. These can be checked off when finished. Reminders do not sync with Google calendar.


Evernote has over 50 templates to customize notes. Click on New note. The template option opens with the note. It’s to the right of the typing space. Click on the paper. The gallery is searchable. Not sure what you need? Click on the words All Templates to see the various categories available.

You writers out there, click on the Creative writing option. Now the list will have Novel Plotting, Story Dashboard, Character Profile, and Story Premise Worksheet. Who needs all those other apps with these templates? (Creating your own templates requires premium membership.)

Once in the template, type and edit as you need.

(Psst: a cheat here… Duplicating notes, i.e. getting around the not personal templates option. In each note, the triple dot menu has more options for the note including: copy internal link, duplicate, add shortcut, add to home screen, simple formatting, settings, statistics, and delete note. If you duplicate a note and add it to another notebook, it basically copies the work. So… get a template, customize it, add it to the home screen, duplicate it and add it to your new project. Poof, a custom template. Don’t tell Evernote.)


One of the great things about Evernote is the Search option. You can search all notes and notebooks to find that thing that you can’t remember where you put it. It’s a great way to find info fast and get moving on your work. I take a ton of notes, and they are everywhere. It’s nice to have an app that can look through everything quickly.

The desktop/cloud version has a few more options than the mobile. If you plan to use the app for more than reminders and grocery lists, I highly recommend using the cloud version.

Adding More Options

Inside a note, on the web/desktop version, click on the arrow next to the Insert button. A list of new options displays: Table, Divider, Attachment, Photo, Checkbox, Code block, Sketch, Google Drive. Most of these are self-explanatory. Photos and check boxes can be added in the mobile version, but not Table and Google Drive. And it’s much easier to work with photos here. Tables start 2x2 and can be added too. Photo goes directly to your picture folder (PC).

Does Evernote have more? You bet. But since were are doing basics, hopefully, this post will get you started. Don’t be afraid to explore. Just duplicate any notebooks/notes before playing too much.



Tuesday, January 5, 2021



For January and February, I’ll be following my same plan from last year. I’m starting the year off with organizing apps (Evernote, Airtable, and OneNote) to get ready for 2021 writing goals. Like last year’s Keep, we start with notes.

Evernote is an organizational, note-taking app. It’s cloud-based and can sync with different devices as needed. With Evernote, users can create virtual notebooks to organize just about anything. In each notebook, users can make lists, add photos, or have large sections of text. Users can clip webpages, set reminders, and tag notes for easy searches. There are some great templates such as Gratitude Journal, Story Dashboard, Novel Plotting, and 50 more. It also syncs with other apps such as Gmail, Outlook mail, and Google Drive.

The app is designed for personal, creative, and business use. Perfect for writers who need all three. Users don’t need to have three accounts to access the app for each category. The basic plan (free version) starts users off with 250 notebooks and 100,000 notes. Individual notes can be up to 25 MB, and with an upload limit of 60 MB of data per month.

There are a few levels of membership. It’s available for free with limited storage and sharing ability. It will only sync across two devices and is not available offline without signing up for premium or a business account. With the Premium account, users get 200 MB note sizes and up to 10 GB of storage and unlimited device sync. Notebooks are available offline. Premium is $8 a month if you pay monthly, but $5.83 a month if you pay for the year. (So, approximately $70 a year.) A business account which is $15 and $12.50 respectively gives users the same 200 MB note size, but storage goes up to 24 GB (and more can be purchased). Again, it allows an unlimited number of devices to sync. It also gives team management options and shared spaces for work.

Basically, Evernote is Google Keep’s big brother (though I will always love Keep.) It does not have the cute post-it note format that other note keeper apps have. It lists items by notebook, then by note. If you don’t need the bells and whistles of index cards, Evernote might be right for you.




Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A Year in Review


Hi all.

I wanted to thank everyone who’s followed my blog. My friend, Cara, told me I was overly ambitious to take on a weekly apps blog. And she might’ve been right. Posts went up most weeks, and we reviewed so many programs.

Next year, I plan to continue the same format—three posts for most items. The first tells what the app is, the second how to use it, and the third has some ideas for authors. I’m also hoping to do some Mac-only programs next year, either with guest bloggers or maybe, just maybe, my own i-device. Fingers crossed.

But let’s review this year’s apps. I wanted to find software that helps in many writing areas: Productivity, Organization, Marketing, and Self Care.

  • Scrivener—a fantastic app for drafting, editing, and publishing novels. There’s a learning curve, but the support is excellent.
  • Scapple—a brainstorming app by the same company as Scrivener. Wonderful for charting, mapping, etc.
  • Aeon Timeline—time-lining software that allows tons of detail. Authors can easily create a story bible.
  • Blogger—an app to create and publish a blog. (Not as much productivity as marketing, BUT it is writing!)
  • NaNoWriMo—a yearly contest but with goals, word counts, and community.
  • Grammar Apps—Grammarly, Hemingway, and ProWritingAid (Using all three really helps.)
  • Keep—a post-it note app that is cloud-based. (I love this app.)
  • Trello—a project manager to organize your entire life and then some
  • Focus To-Do—a Pomodoro timer with spaces for all your projects
  • Canva—a graphic design app with tons of social media templates. It’s the most useful app on the list, next to Keep.
  • WordPress—a website builder. Excellent for creating your brand in a few easy steps.
  • Digital Picture sites—add images to your ads, social media, or book covers.
  • DIY book covers—create fabulous mockups of your cover.


I hope to have new and wonderful apps again for you next year. So far on the list, I have Vellum, Forest, Plottr, and Airtable. Let me know what else you’d like to see.

Thank you! Love, Ginny