It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog. Time has just flown by and I can’t even believe that it’s almost October! I do have enough ideas to blog on but finding the time has been difficult. Today we had an ad hoc coffee hour with the Cisco Champions and the conversation was about which tool you use to write as well. Reason for this was of course also that I’ve started to author a CiscoPress book on Intent-based networking.
I’ve started using Scrivener (from Literature and Latte) to write my blogs in and also my book. It is a cross-platform tool and it works perfectly on my Mac. And although it requires a
Written for writing
Of course, every text editor is designed for writing. But Scrivener is really different. The whole interface is
If you want to move text around, you can just drag & drop that block of text to a different folder or another place. It makes the creative process of outlining your blog, book or
Status & Labels
Each text block or folder can have its own status and label. There are some default values but you can easily change them. Then if you enable the option “Use label color in -> Binder” then the color of that label is shown in your folder structure. I’ve used the labels and colors to create a quick overview
It might sound strange, but there are no (direct) headings in Scrivener. So how then is your book or blog
My blog project
I’ve based my blog project inside Scrivener on a template that I found on the Internet. It is an adoption that works for me and I’d like to share it with you.
In my work
As soon as I have an idea for a blog post, I quickly create a text block inside this folder, give it a title and a brief description
Once I start writing a new blog post, I create the blog post itself as a folder inside drafts. Why as a folder? That is easy. If the blog post is long, I can move the sections of a blog easily back and forth if it needs to. Remember that each text block is
This is where I keep my finished blog posts. I’ve
With this folder
Although I am very
In summary, I’ve started using Scrivener for all sorts of processes that require writing. I really like the easiness of restructuring your document and that only at compile-time certain values are generated and set. I’m using plain-old copy-paste for my blog posts, but it really is easy to put in diagrams and move the blog from draft to my published archive. For me, it is a great tool to be used for anything that you need to write something down, whether it is a blog, a book or a report. And there’s probably a reviewing mode and possibly collaboration with other scrivener users, but that is worth some research, try-and-error and possibly a new blog post.