How I Write - Markdown

For anybody who has met me in person and seen how I dress, you'll know that I'm not particularly interested in style.

How things look is of minimal interest to me. (Again, take a peek at the sparse web site on which this piece is written, if you need proof.) I'm not a visually oriented person. This is also perhaps why my Twitter:Instagram posting ratio is approximately 350:1

Words are my jam. Even if 'jam' is a word I rarely use. And even when it comes to the words, I don't want to muck about with font faces, or font sizes, or colours or any of that nonsense. In fact, when I'm in Word or Scrivener or some other piece of software that lets you adjust formatting, I find it highly distracting, especially if the formatting is inconsistent. Which, somehow, it always seems to be.

This is where Markdown comes in. Markdown is a tiny step above plain text, with just a few formatting indicators. For example, you can italicise a word or phrase by putting a couple of asterisks around it. Or make a heading by putting a '#' in front of it. (You can find out more about Markdown here.)

But apart from these minor indicators of how the text is structured, what you're mostly dealing with are just plain text files. You don't have to think about fonts. Or page margins. Or other formatting choices.

You just write the words.

If you want to make the words look pretty, then that's a separate task. And there are plenty of ways to do it. But the markdown file contains the substance of the writing.

And that's where Ulysses comes in. But more on that next time.

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