Field Notes are Good for Field Notes

February 3, 2012

Late in 2011, I started doing something I hadn’t done for at least seven years. I started keeping an analog journal. I’ve always been an erratic journaler, more streaky than the tears of a clown. I have seasons of daily scribbles, followed by months of silence. But one thing was consistent for the last seven […]

A Quick Look at Ulysses 2.1

October 31, 2011

I reviewed Ulysses 2 a few years ago in anticipation of NaNoWriMo. I thought it was an impressive writing tool that’s merits consideration for any longer writing project. (I’ve used it some myself, though most of my writing projects have been shorter the last few years.) It’s one of those apps that might leave you […]

The Return of the iPad Writing Apps Showdown

March 22, 2011

Last fall, I wrote an overview of writing apps available for the iPad. It was already a competitive space, and others have continued to crowd in. Between the comments left about apps that I missed in the first showdown, plus a few others since released, I decided it was time for The iPad Writing Apps […]

Logophiliacs Rejoice! Scrivener 2.0 is Here

November 5, 2010

Logophiliacs: lovers of words — from the Greek logos for words and phileo for lovers of the brotherly kind. I can’t promise you that a Greek linguist would say there is such a thing as a logophiliac, but I know there is such a thing as a lover of words. And right now, they are […]

Scrivener 2.0

November 2, 2010

I’m working on a review, but you should know, if you don’t already, that Scrivener 2.0 shipped yesterday. Many new features and update, but most of all is the ability to sync data back and forth with a few iPad apps via Dropbox.

The iPad Writing Apps Showdown

October 14, 2010

Update: Since this was first published, I’ve now written a second showdown which includes five more apps. After you read this, read The Return of the iPad Writings Apps Showdown The iPad has settled nicely into my workflow as a device for capturing and shaping ideas for content. Most of my recent writing has been […]

My Future iPad to Scrivener Writing Workflow

September 27, 2010

I rarely watch videos embedded in blog posts, and don’t recall ever posting one here, but… Yesterday, MacSparky posted a video sneak peek of what I’m most excited about in Scrivener 2.0: direct sync with SimpleNote. Late October can’t come soon enough!

announcing 501Words

May 4, 2010

The tagline for this site is Soul. Workflow. Mac., but I’m aware that I’ve spent more time writing here about Mac and workflow lately than about the soul. Certainly the iPad has contributed to this as many of us are learning how it can reshape our workflows. (And there will be more about this, as […]

my ipad (and iphone) to scrivener workflow

April 28, 2010

(UPDATE: You might be interested in my more recent post on iPad writing apps. Some can sync with Scrivener 2.0.) Despite my initial concerns that the iPad seemed geared for consuming rather than creating, I’m finding it can be a great tool for capturing, and even developing, some ideas. As I hoped in that same […]

all you need is a cursor

February 24, 2010

You just have to keep moving that cursor to the right. I recall Andy Ihnatko giving writing advice to that effect some time ago on MacBreak Weekly. It’s an image that has stayed with me. And it’s a lot more difficult than it sounds. When it comes down to it, all you really need to […]

creating requires doing [the war of art]

November 11, 2009

This post is the first in what will probably maybe hopefully be a series of reflections on The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The War of Art is subtitled Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. That is something that author Steven Pressfield apparently knows a little about. He was writing […]

hands on with ulysses 2.0

October 27, 2009

As NaNoWriMo drew near last year, I wrote a comparison of StoryMill and Scrivener. Both have undergone minor revisions in the last year and are still worth a look for the aspiring NaNoWriMo’er. But… There is also Ulysses to consider. Ulysses 2.0 was released in recent months as an upgrade to an already worthy writing […]

scrivener to go

August 28, 2009

Like most apps, Scrivener updated this week to get ready for Snow Leopard. The new version is 1.52, but it’s not just about Snow Leopard. It also includes a nifty little feature to import notes from Combine this with WriteRoom for iPhone (iTunes link), and you have a seamless way to capture content or […]

contexts: writing

February 9, 2009

“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.” – Steven Pressfield in The War of Art Sometimes ideas are pressing on my finger tips, demanding that I allow them to burst out into written words. Usually not. Most of the time, ideas form inside, where I guard them until […]

private library

December 19, 2008

A few months ago, I posted about a writing house that author Michael Pollan had built for himself. Along the same lines comes this video of a Private Library designed and built for a writer on Long Island: Private Library from A Space In Time on Vimeo. By the way, I found this video via […]

head to head: comparing scrivener and storymill

October 27, 2008

Stretch your fingers and prod your imagination — NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) commences at the end of this week. For the would be novelists out there, I thought it might be helpful to offer a comparison of Scrivener and StoryMill. (Update: you also might be interested in a more recent post where I compare […]

a memory a day…

October 15, 2008

I’m working on my memoir. Let me be clear…I have no grand ideas about publishing my life’s reflections. I’d much rather encode my soul in fiction rather than bare it for the likes of you. (No, not you…I mean that other person who is reading this right now.) As a writing and growth exercise, I’ve […]


October 6, 2008

Maybe I need to temper my recent ravings about Slife. Why you ask? Because according to Slife, I can type at about 1326 words per minute. I’m a decent typer…but not that decent. This morning I was working on a project in Scrivener. I wrote 7 paragraphs, and according to Scrivener, 420 words. Later in […]

quicksilver + scrivener = carpal bliss

September 9, 2008

My use of Scrivener has been increasing of late. I’ve had a few different projects that require the ongoing collection and shaping of ideas. Yojimbo is my general idea bucket, but when I am focusing in on a specific project, Scrivener works much better for collecting, arranging and developing ideas and research in one place. […]

the blinder workstation (or, the poor man's macbook air)

September 2, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the old 12″ G4 PowerBook. (That’s a guilt-free way of saying that I coveted one every time I saw one in […]