Why is it so easy to write in Ulysses?

Why is it so easy to write in Ulysses?

As anyone who’s listened or read me on the subject of writing knows, I’m very sceptical of word targets. It can be all too easy to fool yourself into thinking something’s working on the basis of a word count alone. Cutting the words you don’t...
Apple’s new iCloud drive… approach with caution

Apple’s new iCloud drive… approach with caution

One of the surprises of moving to Ulysses for writing is that I learned to love Apple’s iCloud service. Ulysses fits in with this sync system beautifully. You write on one Mac. Your work is synced to iCloud. When you fire up Ulysses on another Mac while logged...
Time and fiction: still uneasy partners

Time and fiction: still uneasy partners

In my book Writing: A User Manual I have a little rant about time. Here’s an extract… When it comes to fiction, and series fiction in particular, time stinks. It’s a blight on us all, a nasty chunk of so-called reality that tries to poke its ugly head in...
Thank God Apple don’t design taps

Thank God Apple don’t design taps

Here’s something that happened to me last week in a hotel on Capri. It may be a familiar experience. You walk into a strange bathroom. You want to turn on the tap. You can’t work out how. Why? Because it’s a new-fangled tap. One someone’s...
No more desktop for me

No more desktop for me

Someone was asking on Twitter yesterday what to buy after a desktop’s gone dead. A new desktop or a laptop? There’s my answer above — if you have the desk space. A laptop hooked up to an external monitor. In this case it’s an Asus big screen...