I heard you use Evernote to write your books, what exactly does your general workflow look like? I just have a bit of trouble visualizing how that would all work out.
Hello there~ ♥︎
I like you, because you’re one of the few people who ask me technical questions~ It’s kind of refreshing to get a few of these as opposed to the writing ones c;
Let’s say that I just decided to start writing a book. I will go through my own steps and will show you how I do workflow.
Step #1. I create a ‘notebook’ in Evernote especially for this Book.
This will be used to hold everything related to said Book.
If I ever get an idea, I will add it to this notebook. If I clip an image, it will go here. This is the designated box where everything about this Book will go.
Step #2. I begin the brainstorming process.
I make a fresh note and follow along the steps of my planning guide, though really whatever you use is fine c;
Step #3. Having your book as ONE note can be overwhelming, and having INDIVIDUAL notes per chapter can be equally as overburdening. So, I break my story into sections.
I like to think of it as the three-act format, but you can just as easily break your story into quarters or halves. This also helps look at your story as a set of pieces, as opposed to a timeline. Nothing makes a big plot easier to understand like breaking it down into pieces!
With this I brand each of the notes as ‘ALPHA’ since this is their first version. Naming the files helps in searching and finding your way through the notebook :D
Once you have all the pieces, you get writing!
Step #3 and ½. During the process of writing the book, I make sure to create additional notes for everything related to the book.
This includes things like: songs that I have been listening to, or notes for the revision! The latter is super important for the next step :D
Step #4. Once the book is complete AND I have given it a few weeks to sit. I make copies of the ALPHA book notes and rename them as BETA.
Then I read over them and make all the edits necessary.
Make sure to look at your notes!
You may be asking yourself “Why not just edit the ALPHA files?” and personally I like to keep copies of EVERYTHING. I prefer being able to go back and see previous versions of the same file. Just my 2 cents, though.
Step #5. Once I have reviewed the BETA file enough (my revision process can be a post on its own, let’s just say that I try to do at least six passes, one of which is reading out loud). Once I feel the book is ready for human eyes, I create a document for my BETA readers.
I like to use Word for this, but really any word editing program would work. You could also use Evernote, true, but I like the ability to add page numbers and so. This is the only place where you will hear me praise Microsoft Word :p
Then I print the file and give the copies to my Betas.
Step #6. Once I have gotten the feedback from them, I create copies of the BETA book files and rename them OMEGA (because it sounds cool c;).
I look over my Betas’s notes and apply their feedback accordingly.
Step #7. Once I have re-read the book and I’m confident it’s ready for my Editor, I create copies of the files and rename them as EDITORIAL.
Then I share the note with my Editor. This is a Premium feature of Evernote, but you can just as easily email your Editor the note, or save it as a text file and give it to them. I like doing it through Evernote since it means that my Editor’s changes are saved automatically :D
Step #8. Once I have all of my Editor’s changes. I create a copy of those files, and rename them ULTIMA. I review the changes. I read the book 2-3 more times, and when I feel the book is finished, I save the changes and prepare to create the print files (for the paperback) and the eBook files.
That, is a post all on it’s own, but the process is similar to what you have seen above c;
Now, do you think this is a little too much? I personally don’t think so. I like being able to see my book change over time. Since Evernote is saved on the cloud I rest in peace knowing that my book is saved~
Also, when you look back on your files is kind of like seeing a Pokemon evolve! They start out kind of… well, shitty, but in time they grow better — and better — until they become something truly awesome :D
I hope this was helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions~ I would love to answer them. This was a blast to write~ ♥︎