Revising with Ulysses III — some simple techniques

Revising with Ulysses III — some simple techniques

Revision. I love it. My modus operandi these days is to chug ahead with a part of the book then, when it’s finished, give everything a thorough revise before proceeding further. This way I hope to avoid any dismal gotchas — ‘this could not have...

Setting up a joint climax — Ulysses in action

I wrote here the other day about how you can use Ulysses to read and edit non-consecutive scenes. Here’s an illustration of that in action from the book I’m writing now, the third in the Pieter Vos series (with you some time in 2016). This is about halfway...
Quick Ulysses tip: use those new windows

Quick Ulysses tip: use those new windows

Here’s something that’s easily missed about Ulysses: it can open documents in multiple windows. The trick’s dead easy. Choose the group or sheet you want, right click, and there you are. I find this incredibly useful with my desktop setup — a...
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...
If you want to learn to write… watch TV

If you want to learn to write… watch TV

There’s a standard and sensible piece of advice handed out to wannabe novelists: if you want to write books you have to read them. Here’s something they don’t tell you. If it’s mainstream, narrative fiction we’re talking about – not ‘literature’ whatever that is but...