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Evernote for Simplified, Distraction-Free Writing

Evernote for Simplified, Distraction-Free Writing

by Taylor Pipes,
November 6

Sometimes, you just want to focus on the story at hand.

For writers seeking a simple, distraction-free writing experience, look no further than the newly redesigned Evernote for Web.

When you write, the interface fades away to showcase your ideas, thoughts, and more importantly, the words. When you need it, Evernote for Web beautifully re-emerges. All the familiar Evernote tools, including formatting options, notebooks, search, and tags are a click away.

Here are 7 tips to getting the most mileage from your writing with Evernote for Web.

1. Perfect for writing
Do you prefer a sparse writing environment? Now, you can take your notes full-screen and power through writing surrounded by ample white space. Perfect for short bursts of writing, creating outlines, managing to-do lists, and arranging plot elements. It’s the perfect way to write down ideas and take notes without distractions.

2. Control your viewpoint
Evernote for Web was designed to provide a clean, beautiful workspace. You can utilize a split-screen where your notes, notebooks, shortcuts, and tags are visible to the left. Your current note is accessible to the right.

3. Formatting
Focus on writing, but highlighting select text will give you the option to format your copy. Click to change the font, size, and styles.

4. Categorize and tag on the fly
Add tags to your writing or categorize your note without leaving your writing space.

5. Add photos
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, you’d need fifty to reach your NaNoWriMo goal. If only it were that easy. But, you can still help illustrate your ideas and provide a powerful visual narrative to your story. Simply drag photos right into your writing space, or upload them from the menu using the paperclip icon.

6. Search
One of the strongest features of Evernote is the ability to comprehensively and quickly search your content. With Evernote for Web, you can quickly look for content related to your story.

7. Manage deadlines
Whether you’re writing a 50,000 word novel for NaNoWrimo, or hacking through your college thesis, you’re bound to deal with deadlines. The writing experience in Evernote for Web easily connects you to Reminders to keep you on task.

The Details

This is a dramatic re-imagining of Evernote Web that’s been six years in the making. It’s no longer a second choice, but rather a destination for the creative mind. It’s the workspace you’ll rely on when you simply need to work. No distractions. No interruptions. Just focus.

Just like our previous web client, this update is available now for free to Evernote users. You can switch into an early beta today by going into settings on Evernote Web. Take a look, but we recommend that you use it only if you’re comfortable with beta software. The complete version is coming later this fall.

Evernote, for the win

If you’re competing in NaNoWriMo, or you want to model your writing plan in a similar fashion,

Now, with an integration by FastPencil, authors have a full-fledged tool to create and distribute a book in Evernote, from start to publish. FastPencil is proud to support WriMos by providing 40% off of their distribution package (use promo code NNWM40 at checkout. This offer is valid thru November 30, 2014). You can easily upload your Evernote notes into FastPencil. Learn more.

Evernote Premium will be given to all NaNoWriMo winners.

What’s your key to writing with the new Evernote for Web? Share your story in the comments.


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