A note for all seasons

A note for all seasons

Taking notes. It’s one of the things most us have been doing since we learned to write. An apparently simple everyday task without which lots of good ideas will vanish, forgotten. When I was a newspaper reporter note-taking in my rotten shorthand was something I did...

So Game of Thrones is written in Wordstar

Here’s George R. R. Martin explaining why he still writes on an old DOS computer using Wordstar 4.0… Good on him. Writers should use what they’re happy with, not what they feel fashion forces them into. I was never a Wordstar fan and it wasn’t...

Managing a book project with Ulysses III

My mentions here of the OS X writing app Ulysses III continue to generate a lot of hits. And a few questions too such as… ‘How would you do in Ulysses what you do in Scrivener?’ Simple answer to that one: you wouldn’t. If you want what...

Ulysses III… growing up fast

A few weeks ago I wrote here about Ulysses, a long-standing but until lately rather obscure Mac writing app that got into the current trend for minimal, Markdown long before the whole thing became fashionable. I cited it as an increasingly interesting, if still a...

Word for the iPad: is it really any good?

Microsoft Office for iPad is out, finally. I’ve whined here for a years about how the iPad isn’t really up to snuff for serious business work. Does this change my opinion? Well yes, substantially. I’ve never liked the Office alternatives available for iOS and Android....