Tools That Write Well With Evernote

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Tools That Write Well With Evernote

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 07 Nov 2015

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 07 Nov 2015

Whether you’re a content wrangler for a technology brand, or a NaNoWriMo participant (heck, we know someone who’s both), there are bound to be moments that cause panic, stress, or confusion on the long and winding road to Storyville.

The good news is that in the thousands of years humans have been telling stories, everyone before you has faced the same challenges. Your writing process is essentially like the elements of the timeless three-act story: there are heroes, conflicts, and resolutions.

Here are some of our favorite resources, tips, and tools that help you tackle the three major acts of writing: researching, writing, and editing.

Act I, Scene 1: Research

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” – Ernest Hemingway

Just like a house cannot be built without a strong foundation, your writing cannot take flight in the absence of necessary research. A house needs a blueprint and so does your writing. Research, outline, and get familiar with the territory. Then write.

Web Clipper
From news to long-form articles, the Web Clipper is the perfect way to capture the content you want to read. Clip now, read later, or easily organize the material for reference.

Blinkist is an app that curates a ton of the most popular articles and books and distills the best advice, lessons, and tips for topics like productivity, time management, and leadership. You can highlight those insights and sync them directly to an Evernote notebook, including bibliographical information like book title and author.

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Some of our stories start with a trend. Buzzsumo surfaces trends that people are talking about on social media channels. It also helps us connect to influential authors, thought leaders, and Evernote power users in topics we care about (like productivity). Because it ranks content popularity across social networks, we see content that could make an impact with our users.

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Act I, Scene 2: Read, read, and read some more

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” – Stephen King

Reading strongly influences your writing whether you’re a knowledge worker, professional, or just dreaming of becoming an author. Here are a few apps that help you build a reading list in Evernote.

With IFTTT, you get creative control over your favorite products on the Internet by setting up “recipes” that tell one app to talk to another. Here are a few recipes that are perfect for researching and writing.

Save favorite tweets right to Evernote:

IFTTT Recipe: Save your favorite tweets in an Evernote notebook connects twitter to evernote

Publish a post from Evernote to Medium:

IFTTT Recipe: Publish a Medium post when you add a tag to an Evernote note connects evernote to medium

With Feedly, you can add RSS feeds from your favorite blogs, web sites, magazines, and journals with a quick click. The articles will then automatically be ready for reading in Feedly whether on the desktop or smartphone. You can save articles from Feedly directly to Evernote with a Feedly Pro account, or use an IFTTT recipe to save links to favorite articles.

Email newsletters to Evernote
Move your email newsletters out of the inbox and into Evernote. Michael Hyatt employs this tactic, and it’s a great way to save and categorize valuable information. These days, we save newsletters from best-selling authors Jeff GoinsAustin Kleon, and Next Draft.

Act II: Write

“Write every day.” – Neil Gaiman

It’s important to keep tabs on how much has been written. For NaNo-writers, this is an especially crucial step to reach the lofty goal of 50,000 words.

Evernote Word Count
The note editors in both Evernote for Mac and Windows desktop let you see real-time word counts for your writing.

Act III: Edit

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” – C. J. Cherryh

There really are no words for that sentiment. Editing is tough. But brilliant editing can tie up loose ends, ensure accuracy, and bring an author credibility. There are two tools that really stand out.

Grammarly (available on Chrome) helps point out issues before we publish in WordPress, tweet, or push a Facebook update.

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It’s critical that we write with accuracy, brevity, and clarity. As we write, Hemingway highlights copy that could be more active and engaging. It also allows you to see where your current word count stands. As you can see, we have a long way to go before hitting 50,000.

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3 Comments RSS

  • Julie

    The Hemingway editor will be useful as I write for my future website Thanks for writing about it.

  • Will

    Is there a reason that windows/microsoft products do not have this capeability? It doesn’t make sense considering that windows based machines have been moving towards touch devicies for some time now and yet the ability to write on evernote touch does not exist.

  • Jonathan

    What about publish? When you have your content in Evernote and you’re ready to push it out to different Medium, how does that happen easily or comprehensively, particularly if you have structure, formatting, tables or images? It seems quite difficult to be honest, at least as a relatively new user