Last week I talked about why every writer needs an ideas journal, but this week I want to discuss why it is imperative to have the program Evernote on your mobile phones. The app is a system which allows you to take notes, create lists, take pictures and create audio files which are then shared to your other devices. It is fantastic for writers as it allows you to keep all your ideas in one place, it is portable and you can make audio files which will never get lost. Let’s face it, sometimes you forget your notebook at home and need to write your ideas down, so this is the perfect option for those who are a little forgetful like myself. Just don’t forget your phone as well, otherwise your screwed because you know you’ll lose those post it’s you scribbled on (if you even find the post its to begin with!).
I fell in love with this app straight away by using it to conduct my recordings for my book. As many of you may know- if you have read my article on voice recording your ideas (click here to view) - I am obsessed with this technique. It is my not so secret weapon and never fails at helping me through writers block, or figuring out difficult connections within the plot. While I was doing this I was not panicking at all because I knew it would be backed up on their cloud and teleported to my computer at home, unlike my usual recordings which are on my phone where I am constantly afraid of it being deleted accidently. It’s much easier and less hassle for me to do the recordings this way because I don’t need to manually transfer the files over to my computer.
What I also love about it is that I write my blog article drafts on there sometimes when I am not at home or have access to my computer. Then when I get home I pop it into word and then transpose it onto the blog. I also wake up in the middle of the night to jot down my epiphanies on there when I don’t want to get out of bed and that includes plot ideas as well as poetry.
I feel like this is great for all creatives and it is really easy to use and it’s free, so I suggest you give it a try! Notebooks are fantastic and have an array of uses, but be honest your phone is the thing that 99.99% of time you will not leave home without. It has a widget you could download and place on your home screen for easy access. For instance, if you’re driving and inspiration strikes as it does for me all the time, you just tap the audio record button and off you go- just don’t click anything while it is recording, it doesn’t matter if the screen goes black it is still recording.
Does anyone else use Evernote? What do you love about it? If you haven’t used it before are you tempted to now? Let me know any other apps or software you use for writing as I am currently thinking about getting Scrivener but I am wondering if it is worth paying for it- any useful advice in either affirmative or negative?