I create, write and develop in text files. As a writer, my goal is to write, and the less distractions I can have the more I tend to write. In case you don’t know, if you put something shinny close to me, I will get distracted, therefore, in order to write well, I need to focus on the the words, and have the less amount of distractions possible. That was the reason I want it to write in the iPad, the reason my iPad is a Writer Tool.
Even tough I have in my MacBook great software, like Scrivener, the problem of create in the mac, is that has other great software, I can hit command+tab or command+space and be gone in a second, get back to writing after that is always a mess. I eventually get back, but the process is so inefficient. For editing, I go back to the mac, most likely Scrivener if no one will interact with the file o is a private review or if i am interacting with people I tend to use Microsoft Word or Apple Pages.
But nothing beat a text file for creation, you can’t add bold, underline or italics, you can’t use fancy font, or fancy format, but you can create text and images (verbal ones) like there is no tomorrow.
I have been learning, to simplify, to learn to have what I need, to have enough. I am not looking for minimal, I am looking for enough, and that’s exactly what text files provide, enough, enough to create, enough to imagine, enough to produce.
I said in the past, that in this moment I am using Nebulous for create text, for two main reasons, sync in any folder I choose in DropBox and that help me keep my notebooks in order in Scrivener, and second, use the whole screen.
The first time I heard about using just plain text to write, I honestly got bored and confused, why someone would want to use less, when you can do much more with other software, but I have learn now that I can create better text when I am not distracted changing sizes, making it bold, or justifying the line I m doing. If I do this same text you are reading here in Apple Pages, for example, I will be so tempted, to check, move, and play, instead, working with text files there is no temptation, there is no risk, but there is an incredible amount of freedom that you can find on the simplicity of the file.
So I learn to work with enough, in this case a Text File, and focus on the task on hand, write & create…
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