Below are some workflows between my typical writing apps, using Markdown as a writing syntax. I can use Markdown to format my notes and texts quickly ready for publishing to my blog, through Scrivener, and even into my huge research and notes database in Evernote.
Where do these precious minutes go, the rich details of your travel life that warm your soul and nourish the fire for your next trip? When a fistful of napkins won’t cut it, most of us turn to Microsoft Word or our good friend, Gmail. But no longer is Word the forerunner in the writing game.
The newest kid on the block is Scrivener.
Scrivener is a writer’s program and advanced word processor that makes writing a breeze. Will it make you the next Hemingway? Probably not, but will it keep all your pieces of brilliance organized and at the ready? Absolutely. Think of it as Photoshop for your words.
more here - Review: Scrivener for Travelers.
In this blog post I want to show you a cool trick for making semi-graphical Status labels in the writing program Scrivener, and then explain some of the reasons you might want to do this. I used it to make a manual progress bar.
￼I use Scrivener and Markdown to write my blog, as well as writing documentation and training material. If you don’t know, It is a structured writing program – usually used for novels, scripts, screenplays and academic writing – which can output to PDF, HTML, Markdown, LaTeX, ebook, Final Draft, Word formats and more.
more here - A Manual Progress Bar in Scrivener.
Last week, I took some time off from my normal routine, and spent the time working on a book. Since I had a whole week to focus on writing, I decided I’d take the time to try out a new writing software tool I’ve been meaning to look at.
It’s called Scrivener, and I really love it!
Here’s why. I’ve tried all types of word processing software in the past from Word, to Word Perfect to Open Office writer and so forth. What I like about this software over the rest is the fact that it’s an all-in-one writing application. It was created with writers in mind, whether you’re a book author, or blogger.
Here are some of the key features that I really like:
I thought that others might be interested in hearing how I’ve started to setup Scrivener to plan out my blogging. This is all new for me, blogging on a regular basis and using Scriv to plan with.
Scrivener is a great place to stash your ideas for writing projects along with the bits and pieces associated with them. You might have a folder just for brainstorming project ideas. When you’re ready to develop that idea a bit more, move it into its own folder. At this point, you might want to give it a folder in Research too. Once you’ve decided you want to carry this idea forward, create a project for it and move your notes to it.
On my Mac my writing app of choice is Scrivener (Mac and PC). I’ve written several books and lots of posts in it already, so I’m no stranger to it in the least, but one of the features I haven’t used too often (though I should have been) is Sync an external folder. The basics of how to do this are pretty simple and this post from Jamie Rubin puts it all together nicely. At the guts of it, you’re just telling Scrivener to look in a particular folder on your machine (in this case a folder within my Dropbox account that my iPad app saves to) and import files from that folder into the project. It’s important to have your Scrivener project be saved in a different location than the sync folder.
One of the keys to a good life hack isn’t just finding the right technology to do the job, but actually finding the right combination of technologies to get the job done. Many of you wonder how us writer folks keep our writing projects on track and in sync, regardless of the where or when we’re doing our writing (sometimes we wonder ourselves, actually). I’ll tell you sometimes it’s not easy, until you find—and set up—the right apps and services to make things all come together. This post is all about how to go from your desktop to iPad and back and keeping everything a couple clicks away from being ready to publish online.
The first, and most essential, part of this whole system is Dropbox. If you’re not using Dropbox, now is the time to sign up and set up. Without Dropbox’s easy and fast file syncing—syncing that works on pretty much any device you throw at it—this system wouldn’t work at all.
Next thing is the file format. Writing for the web—and blogs specifically—is a no Word zone (or Pages either for that matter), basic, boring text files are the files of choice here. Well, text files with a twist. While I’m writing this in a text editor, I’m also using the markup system called Markdown that is essentially a shortcut for HTML and let’s me format this post for posting—even put in links and such—without having to type HTML, per se.
With the foundations in place (Dropbox and text files), let’s move onto the actual writing part. On my Mac my writing app of choice is Scrivener (Mac and PC).