My Writing Routine

I thought it might interest others to learn how I go about this whole blogging escapade. How I write, what I use, how I post – that kind of thing.

I suppose we start with an admission of sorts – I don’t write in the WordPress interface, and never have. I don’t like the way web interfaces work while writing, so tend to stay away from them.

Over the past year I’ve flip-flopped between a number of online solutions like Evernote, Notion, and Google Docs – but invariably return to using a text editor on whichever computer I’m using and copying the text into a blog post at the last minute.

I’ve used Notion to help writing longer-form pieces in the past, mainly because it can be used much like Scrivener from a project management perspective (and is free!). Oh yes – I once drank the Scrivener cool-aid too. I still have a license around here somewhere.

I guess because of my software development background, I keep the text in an online repository called Github. It’s really designed to store programming, but works well for writing too (software source code is just text really). Everything I have written since 2003 is stored in a series of year and month subfolders.

After writing a post I copy and paste it into WordPress, and add a suitable photo from one of the many royalty free online respositories such as Unsplash, or Pexels.

After clicking the publish button the post appears on WordPress, and a final piece of magic happens – I have a Zapier automation job (Zapier is free too) that notices the post arrive at WordPress, and creates the same post at Tumblr for me. I also use Zapier to replicate Instagram photos into Twitter. It’s very good.

Oh – I nearly forgot. I post a link to whatever I’ve just written to Twitter (when I remember). I don’t think it really does any good, but at least it keeps the Twitter account ticking over, and continues to pollute the twittersphere with my idiocy.

So there you go. I write in a text editor. I almost always have done. I just find it easier. I suppose living outside of the browser has advantages too – you have less distrations, and can just get on with writing.

It’s all about writing really, isn’t it. And reading.

12 replies on “My Writing Routine”

Interesting article. I use the online editor, but sometimes it’s just easier to write in BBEdit (I’m on Mac). In those cases, I write using Markdown and convert it to HTML with a modified Markdown script (one that sets up links to open in a separate window). Also, when building ordered lists where I want to count backward (like doing a Top 10 list), it’s easier for me to write it in Markdown, convert it to HTML, and add the “reversed” parameter to the ol tag.

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This reminds me I was going to do a 180 and talk about how the – GASP – block editor has grown on me lately… 😛 After MUCH complaining how I didn’t like it.

There is one specific thing I like a lot now, so next time I’m in the mood, I might share. 😉

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I always enjoy reading about other writers’ creative processes. I myself am not picky—I write on WordPress if I need to, with pen and paper, even directly in Canva if creating a short e-book—but I tend to prefer the keyboard for quick output. A plain text editor is always nice too. Anyway, thanks for this post!


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