Plan, Prepare your NaNoWriMo Novel with Evernote

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Plan, Prepare your NaNoWriMo Novel with Evernote

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 31 Oct 2014

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 31 Oct 2014

At Evernote, we aspire to see you accomplish big things.

For authors tackling the annual NaNoWriMo competition kicking off tomorrow, we offer a holistic approach to writing on every step of your literary journey, from researching your ideas to publishing.

Learn how Evernote can help you tackle one of the most pivotal plots — researching and planning your novel.


One of the most important phases of the writing process is the information gathering that occurs before you start to string the words together.

This is Evernote’s bread and butter. Long before we became the workspace for your life’s work, we were making it easy for our users to organize all their content. For authors, it’s important to easily access elements of research that have been collected over time, whether that’s a few weeks, or a few years.

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As Evernote becomes the place where you work and write, it develops into a knowledge center full of all sorts of ideas, photographs, notes, whiteboard sessions, and audio notes. It’s easy to surface everything when you need it because all your content is always close at hand.

Here are some of tools that make it easy to capture content into Evernote:

Evernote Web Clipper. Consider this your NaNoWriMo secret weapon. Millions of our users rely on the Web Clipper to collect the web because it’s a fast and efficient way to capture information into Evernote. It’s especially good at grabbing the articles that are related to your novel.

The Web Clipper is built with functionality that will help you add context to your source material. Here are a few tips:

* Annotation – Communicate effectively by adding drawings, text, and shapes to your clips to help improve your story later.
* Reminders – Set a Reminder to pin your clip to the top of your note list. Add an alarm to send an email notification when your deadline is due.
* Highlighter – When you decide to clip an article, full page, or simplified article, the Highlighter is automatically selected by default so you can mark up pages without missing a beat.
* Notebooks – Find notebooks and tags faster in the new drop down menu, which filters to display possible options as you start typing each word.
* Share – Send your clip to a friend or colleague from this screen. Anything you do, from clipping to markup, can be shared with friends and colleagues over email, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Download and learn more about Web Clipper >>

Email into Evernote. As solitary a process as writing can be, you still need to talk with others. For many, email serves as the primary communication tool. It’s also a virtual container for tons of details and information that could be beneficial to your story. Email into Evernote is one of our most powerful features that lets you easily send a variety of content directly into your account. Learn more>>

Related Results. When you search Google, Bing, Yahoo, or Baidu, Evernote automatically includes matching notes from your Evernote account in the results from your browser.


With Evernote, it’s easy to put things where they belong. For many, that process is built upon personal preference. Some use Evernote as a one-stop storehouse of information and leverage search to find material when they need it. Others rely on notebooks as the focus of their organizational strategy.

There’s no wrong way to organize your writing schedule. Here are a few tips to help along the way:

Checklists. Create a list of writing deadlines and other novel essentials you need to achieve success.

Reminders. Ensure that you complete tasks and projects in a timely manner with Reminders. Pin notes to the top of your note list and also add a timed alert to prompt you when the note is due.

Tables. With our new table editor you’ll be able to do all the things you expect from a table: delete a row or column, change the color, and drag to resize cells. Creating a writing schedule has never been easier.

Tags. Surface notes by searching for their tags.

Power Tip: Evernote apps to help manage writing deadlines:

Sunrise Lets you create a Reminder directly from the Sunrise calendar, or within Evernote. Give additional context to your writing plan by adding or editing details to your calendar items.

Mohiomap is a web application for visualizing, navigating, and exploring your Evernote content. Notes, notebooks, and tags are presented in an interactive graph, similar to a mind map. Mohiomap allows you to see your notes and discover relationships across all the different elements in your Evernote account.

CloudMagic is an iPhone and Android app that saves important  work emails to your personal Evernote or Evernote Business notebook. A few taps is all it takes to quickly save emails by auto-magically creating a new note inside your default notebook.


Now that you have your source material neatly organized alongside your plan, it’s time to start writing.

Evernote for Web. Today, the web begs for a different experience, one that’s light, fast, and clear. Our dramatic re-imagining of Evernote Web provides a clean, distraction-free writing experience. Now, it’s a destination for the creative mind to focus, without interruption. Learn more >>

Evernote mobile. You want to get to 50,000 words and that means writing from anywhere, whether that’s the cafe or the train. Use Evernote on your mobile device or smartphone and tap out a paragraph or a chapter. Your story will sync and you can pick up where you left off later.


Check back to the blog next week when we share tips on how to write better with Evernote. Throughout November, we will publish stories on using Evernote for your writing success.

How do you plan to use Evernote to research and plan your NaNoWriMo novel? Share your tips in the comments below!


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3 Comments RSS

  • Tom

    “With our new table editor you’ll be able to do all the things you expect from a table: delete a row or column, change the color, and drag to resize cells.”

    I don’t seem to find these new functionalities like “drag to resize cells”. I’ve looked for it in the Evernote Mac App and also in the web-version of Evernote but I didn’t find out how to do it. Any tips?

  • Goncalo

    Everything but the humble calendar… Must be really hard to code that.

  • Andrew

    Ditto. Where is the new table editor?