Writing Workflows: Write and Repurpose With Markdown

Writing Workflows: Write and Repurpose With Markdown

We’re all writing more these days: business documents, social media updates, and endless emails and messages. I’m constantly refining my writing workflows, and I’m sure you are too.

Markdown is at the heart of my workflows. I started using plain text with Markdown syntax as my preferred writing environment several years ago, purely to save time.

Here’s why. You can transform a Markdown document into HTML, RTF, or PDF and even EPUB in just a second or two. It doesn’t matter what I use to create a document; I can open it in Marked, and export it to other formats more or less instantly.

Markdown documents are just text, so you can write in Markdown on your phone or tablet – any text editor can create Markdown documents. I wrote a couple of blog posts on my phone at the hairdresser’s yesterday, for example. This morning I copied them to MultiMarkdown Composer, my current favorite Markdown editor to save as files. Then I copied the files as HTML with a couple of keystrokes, and posted them to a blog.

Write App: Elegant Simplicity and Perfect for Social Media

Since I write in Markdown, I’m always checking out text editors which offer Markdown options; I end up buying far too many of them. My excuse? Time. If an app helps me to save an hour or two a month, it’s well worth the money.

When I spotted that Write was out of beta, I had to get it. I’d heard many good things about it. TNW’s Nick Summers called it “gorgeous”, and he’s right.

Write’s perfect for writing snippets – short social media updates, and then repurposing them. For example, you might tweet something, then expand the tweet into a Google+ post, and expand it further into a blog post, or develop it into a presentation.

Alternatively, you can head in the other direction: create tweets and other social media posts from Markdown documents.

write app

As you can see from the above image, Write’s window is divided into three sections. Your library on the left (folders on your computer, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive etc.) The center area offers a search query box, and a file list. Then there’s the editor, which you can pop out into a free-floating window, either full-screen, or not.

However, Write really shines when it comes to sharing, as you can see in the image below.

sharing with write app

Write offers the usual Markdown sharing as HTML, PDF et al as primary options. I love the instant sharing to Twitter and Facebook. Just select a snippet, and if you’ve set up your computer to send social media updates, you can post an update at a click.

Write’s the Perfect Editor if You Use Markdown – or Even if You Don’t.

Use Write for:

* Quick social media updates;

* Emails, and documents you want to attach to emails;

* Web content;

* Basic business documents;

* … anything you choose, really.

I couldn’t see myself drafting long documents in Write, I prefer Scrivener. But for short documents, it’s perfect: you can focus on your writing, and can share it in many formats. My writing workflows have benefited from Write; yours may too.

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Copywriter Angela Booth's clients tell her she performs "word magic." Whether she's writing advertising materials, Web content, or ghostwriting for her clients, she's committed to helping them to achieve results, fast. Author of one of the first books about online business, Making The Internet Work For Your Business, Angela's written many business books which have been published by major publishers. She's an enthusiastic self-publisher and writing teacher.

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