In between the Joy of Eternal Being practice, I’ve been “tinkering” with a few techy things in Ulysses. I’ve been tweaking my workflow, researching the built-in stylesheets in preparation for exporting these journal posts into ebook format, and playing with Ulysses’ beta version for the iPad.
One of the reasons I love Ulysses—besides its simple and clean interface—is in how logically it is designed. Similar to web design, you write the “source code” (your text) and use stylesheets to export your text to various formats (Word, rich-text, HTML, ePub, …). They have built in stylesheets so you don’t have to know anything special to export your work, but—if you do know CSS—you can create your own stylesheets to customize your own personal designs.
I use Ulysses to write all the text for this blog, then export it to HTML to preview it in the browser. When I’m satisfied, I simply copy and paste the text from the browser view into WordPress for publication on the blog. What is key in all this is that I’ll use the same source text to export all the blog posts into ePub format to create the ebooks at a later date. Same source text—two different products.
This strategy Ulysses decided on—one source document that can create many output documents—is a huge benefit for today’s writers faced with a multitude of publishing formats demanded by the industry and technology: A double spaced plain text document for editors, a Word document for agents and publishers, a PDF document for proofreaders, an HTML document for the web, an ePub document for ebooks, ….
I wish I had done this with the WayneWirs.com site, it would have made Awakening of a Mystic—a collection of previous blog posts—a piece of cake (I still haven’t compiled, copy/pasted, and/or massaged Awakening out of the posts I tagged four months ago because it’s such a mess).
Note: I highly recommend the book, Writing A Novel With Ulysses III by David Hewson for some great tips on using Ulysses and organizing your writing in it.