A Swipe File is a large collection of reference materials to help in the creative process. Wikipedia defines, “A swipe file is a collection of tested and proven advertising and sales letters. Keeping a swipe file (templates) is a common practice used by advertising copywriters and creative directors as a ready reference of ideas for projects. Copywriters are not the only ones who can benefit from having a swipe file. … authors and publishers can benefit from creating a swipe file of best-selling titles to give them ideas for their own titles. Publicists can create a swipe file of great press release headlines. Swipe files are a great jumping-off point for anybody who needs to come up with lots of ideas…”
- I can use Noteshelf on my iPad and actually write it down and export the note to Evernote straight from Noteshelf.
- If I write it on paper, I scan the paper with my Scansnap scanner directly into Evernote.
- If I am surfing the web and doing research and I find something relevant to a case I can use Evernote web clipper in Firefox or Google Chrome.
- I can also use my phone to take a picture of a document or object directly in Evernote on the phone.
- I can also use the Evernote app on my phone to dictate an audio note directly into Evernote.
- Evernote also provides each account with a unique email address so you can forward email straight into Evernote.
- I can also just open a new note in Evernote and begin typing the idea or thought directly into Evernote. (I actually wrote this blog post in Evernote)
Once the information is in Evernote you can easily find it with Evernote’s search function. It will even search your hand writing. However, for my swipe file I tag the note with “swipe file” “Client’s Name” (if needed) and the area I think I will need to use the information. For Example if it is an idea for closing argument, I will add the tag “closing.” You create your own notebooks and tags in Evernote so how you organize it is completely up to you.
- Evernote; Don’t search for Lost Treasure without It! (timbelcher.wordpress.com)
- How Guitar Columnist Pierre Journel Uses Evernote for Podcasting and House Hunting (evernote.com)
- Now Attach Any File To Your Evernote Notebooks (techie-buzz.com)