Writing A Novel with Ulysses

自从Ulysses改成subscription, 我就不太用Ulysses了



Title: Writing-A-Novel-with-Ulysses
Authors: David Hewson
Edition: 4
Finished Date: 2018-02-21
Rating: 1
Language: English
Genres: Self-Help
Level: Entry
Publishers: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication Date: 2014-10-13
ASIN: B00OHGAZTY
Format: No
Pages: 108
Download: No

My summary

  1. full screen writing
  2. review
  1. a copy editor @ full screen

    • look for fine detail

      • bad grammar
      • spelling mistakes
      • obvious ugly sentences
      • excessive prose
      • unnecessary dialogue attribution
    • on the screen, go through the draft line by line

      View > Highlight Current Line

  2. a book editor: decide whether to buy or reject your work

    • interested in the bigger picture

      • Does the story work?
      • Are the characters sufficiently original and interesting?
      • Does the author strive to get everything possible out of every scene?
      • What makes this book different?
      • Does it have a voice of its own or is it obviously derivative?
      • Who would want to buy it?
    1. print out as A4 or US letter manuscript, or export to a similar size PDF for markup digitally

    2. return to the compute to make the changes

  3. a reader

    export to final format

preface

author

  • write 2 or more book projects a year
  • not have time to play with software

Ch 1. A writing app like no other

和latex的想法是一样

分为两个阶段

  1. content creation
  2. have a style of texts

作者认为,单纯的markdown编辑器 缺乏 navigate and structure long documents

这也是我认为的. 连folder structure都没有, 好累.

作者Ulysses making files and folders disappear. 我不同意. 只是iCloud不支持读者自己的folder structure罢了. Ulysses创造了自己的file和folder, 本质上还是file和folder

Ch 2. structure: The basics

structure of the chapter

  1. decide how Ulysses to look
  2. 3 principal editing modes
  3. set up a structure to manage a novel project 我最感兴趣的一点

1. decide how Ulysses to look

  • change the size of the font on scree

    • cmd+: zoom in
    • cmd-: zoom out
    • cmd0: return to the default size type
  • font

    • default: San Francisco
    • serif font => try Cochin
  • paragraphs

    • indent

      • default: not indent new paragraphs => difficult to see if a new line or a new paragraph
      • change the First Line Indent to 5
  • change editor theme

    Preferences > Markup

2&3. 3 principal editing modes & set up a structure to manage a novel project

cmd+1: 3 panes

In short… stick to iCloud unless you have a very good reason to do otherwise. 作者对iCloud的态度

  • cmd+shift+N: add group

    example: set up a structure to manage a novel project

    • My Novel

      • Manuscript
      • Management: for notes, ideas, and other material

cmd+2: sheet list

manually arrange sheets

cmd+3: editor

  • writing

    if you’re smart, this is where you will spend most of your time for the simple reason that it’s where the work gets done.

    我傻

    steps

    1. cmd+ctrl+F: full screen
    2. cmd+1/2找到要写的sheet
    3. cmd+3
    4. 开始码字
  • multiple full screen windows

    1. 把sheet或者group拖到screen外
    2. 每一个window都cmd+ctrl+F
    3. ctrl+left/right arrow navigate between different screen

      Multiple windows on the same project are a fantastically powerful way to zoom in on the sheet you want and then quickly refer to other sections without losing your place.

  • drag .DOC or .DOCX into the group

    Ulysses turns it into Markdown

    • italic
    • bold

      没法转换表格等高级点的.
  • cmd+option+x: dark/white editor

  • cmd+option+L: 3 panes all dark/white

  • cmd+4: attachments panel

    • store notes, images, word targets, keywords
  • cmd+5: go to Favorites window

  • cmd+6: export to a variety of formats
  • cmd+7: instant statistics
  • cmd+8: navigate between headings in the same document + bookmark
  • cmd+9: the available syntax definitions for the sheet
  • cmd+opt+up/down arrow: navigate sheet

Ch 3. structure: Planning your novel

  • explain the process with a fictional book project: My Novel

    • a narrative with 3 story line

      1. a dragon
      2. a king
      3. a witch
  • target: no more than 90,000 words
  • break it up into different parts, each of around 15,000 words

the basic divisions – scenes within groups

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
folder My Novel
- folder Manuscript

- Folder Part One
- Folder Part Two
- Filter Dragon
- Filter King
- Filter Witch

the top level and parts

each part sets target 15,000 words

cmd+4
cmd+7

  • at least

    • green: reach the goal and more words
  • about

    • red: if stray too far
  • at most

    • red: more words over target

filters and keywords

scenario (a very common challenge in writing a multi-threaded book): three different characters seen from different viewpoints throughout the novel.

attach keywords to the sheets in the story according to which of the 3 viewpoints (dragon, king or witch)

cmd+4

cmd+ctrl+N: create a filter

management outside the book

  • research notes
  • character descriptions
  • ideas about location

1. story bible

story bible: a document that records the basic descriptive facts about people and locations in a story

不需要提前设定

边写novel,边copy到这个文件

作者和我一样.
他的工具

15-inch MacBook Pro attach to a larger monitor

我的是13-inch MacBook air attach to 24-inch monitor
  1. open the Story Bible in a new window
  2. put it in MacBook window
  3. work on the main draft on the larger monitor in full screen

if MacBook only: use 2 different full windows and flick between the 2 with shortcut ctrl+right/left

2. diary

  • thoughts about the project as it develops
  • record progressive word counts => remind you that you are making progress even you think you are not

when stuck for what to do next with a project, return to the book diary

3. to do

Ch 4. writing: Let’s get writing

create a series of sheets inside each part and write my scenes until I hit the target.

  • novel: create different sheets for different scenes

  • a non-fiction document or anything else where the entire work could be mapped out in advance: create a single sheet with subheadings for each scene

  • navigate headings cmd+8

start a scene

2 ways

  • write notes
  • write comments at the beginning of the sheet

    short synopses or summaries

juggling scenes

3 tools

  • split cmd+shift+b => automatically glue together: they’re separate sheets but stuck to each other and will move around together in your narrative.
  • glue/unglue: cmd+J
  • merge

spelling and customized shortcuts

  • TextExpander

    • weird name
  • comment: ctrl+c

pretending you are using a typewriter

typewriter scrolling: the line you’re currently editing will stay in the same position on the screen as you work. Much like an old-fashioned typewriter.

cmd+opt+T

  • fixed: closet to read typewriter

    move cursor up and down a line,

  • variable

find

  1. quick ope cmd+o: look for a sheet within the current storage area in the library

    example: if store in iCloud

    search everything in the iCloud library

  2. cmd+shift+o: search sheets throughout the whole of Ulysses library, including any files stored locally or in an external source

  3. cmd+option+o: search sheets in the currently selected group
  4. cmd+shift+F: search panel at the sidebar
  5. cmd+F: search panel at the top of the editor
  6. cmd+opt+F: Find & Replace panel

favorites

cmd+5

if open a lot, open the sheet in a new window, view it using cmd+right/left arrow

Ch 5. Rewrites, revision and markup

scope:

  • author revision

    • not working for files in external sources
  • not the revisions that happen between a writer and a publisher

    handled in 2 ways

    • a marked-up PDF of a Word printout of manuscript with queries and questions
    • a Word document with the comments inserted into the file

      handle through Word itself

some basic principles

Authors can only read their work so many times before it becomes blur

example: 3 times

  • a 4th time: eyes start to glaze over
  • further: hate the whole thing and doubt whether is any good at all

the law of diminishing returns applies very much to revisions

  1. quickly with focus and fix as many of the problems as possible
  2. then get out and try to sell the thing to someone who will provide an editor who will help you sort out the rest

####planned 3 passes to take on a different hat for each step

  1. a copy editor

    • look for fine detail

      • bad grammar
      • spelling mistakes
      • obvious ugly sentences
      • excessive prose
      • unnecessary dialogue attribution
    • on the screen, go through the draft line by line

      View > Highlight Current Line

  2. a book editor: decide whether to buy or reject your work

    • interested in the bigger picture

      • Does the story work?
      • Are the characters sufficiently original and interesting?
      • Does the author strive to get everything possible out of every scene?
      • What makes this book different?
      • Does it have a voice of its own or is it obviously derivative?
      • Who would want to buy it?
    1. print out as A4 or US letter manuscript, or export to a similar size PDF for markup digitally

    2. return to the computer to make the changes

  3. a reader

    export to final format

dealing with deletions and amendments

delete

  1. select the text

  2. type ||

external source没有这个功能

when export the draft, it won’t appear

make notes

  • inline comment: ++text++
  • %%

    • record the state of the edit

      %% First revise complete Thursday April 1

  • annotation
    external source没有这个功能

    export as Word RTF: appear as footnote in Word

    不是很好, 不用这个功能
  • footnote (fn)

Ch 6. Syncing your work

作者: use every available moment for writing

iCloud

key Ulysses data are updated on iCloud

  • groups
  • filters
  • sheets
  • theme
  • style preference

My routine is simple: before I leave the office I turn on my traveling laptop and let it update itself. For everything, not just Ulysses. Then I work on the train or plane and usually go online in a hotel or office somewhere along the way.

Dropbox

  • only store normal text and Markdown files

only for iCloud

  • attachments
  • notes
  • images
  • Markdown XL

Ch 7. Ulysses on iOS

when write in Mac, open Management in iPad

Apple’s Handoff feature: hand off a file you are editing on one device to another

iPad for review

  • restrict to few lines of text from manuscript

    => look them more closely than you tend to do on a desktop

  • with external keyboard: equivalent to a small laptop

  • without external keyboard: an excellent light writing and editing device

Ch 8. Customizing your workspace

Ch 9. Writing a film or TV script

modern book: print out in Arial or Courier and double-spaced

TV and movies script writing:

Fountain markup

https://fountain.io/: a plan text markup language for screenwriting

  • born out of MarkDown
  • deal with movie elements and typographic formatting
  • syntax https://fountain.io/syntax

  • phases

    1. early draft: Fountain
    2. work with other people

      • Final Draft
      • Fade In Pro

5 fundamentals of any script

  • Scene Headings
  • Action
  • Character
  • Dialogue
  • Parenthetical

Scene Headings

begin with

  • INT. : interior
  • or EXT.: exterior
  • or no interior or exterior, e.g., radio
    example:
1
2
3
INT. FRED’S HOUSE — DAY
EXT. THE PRAIRIE — EVENING
.THE LIBRARY, PEOPLE MILLING

Character

capital on a line on their own

example

1
BRAD

Dialogue

anything that follows a character on a single new line is regarded as speech

Parenthetical

  • a single line after a character
  • enclose in parentheses
  • used sparingly
1
2
BRAD
(angering the director)

Transitions

  • best avoided
  • upper case and end in TO:
1
CUT TO:

Synopsis

  • an equal sign at the beginning
  • after the scene heading
1
2
INT. A SCENE — DAY
= Now what will happen here?

return

  • Character, parenthetical and dialogue need only a single return between them
  • Everything else needs a double return

a list of Fountain-compatible apps

https://fountain.io/apps

  1. export Ulysses script as a plain text file
  2. upload to http://www.screenplain.com/

recommend Fade In Pro for more advanced draft

Fountain scriptwriting app

Ch 10. Exporting your manuscript

cmd+6

format

  • Text
  • HTML
  • ePub
  • PDF
  • DOCX

content to export

  • group
  • a single sheet
  • a selection of sheets

steps

  1. first revision at the computer
  2. second and third revision

    • PDF
    • DOCX

choose style

preference > styles

  • only two forms of revision that I find useful

    1. a good old-fashioned full page export, to print or tablet, in big readable type with decent space between the lines
    • Swiss Knife

      • DOCX
      • PDF
  • the 3rd revision, as if the reader

    • Novel Cochin
  • change Novel Cochin

    • two-sided:yes Change yes to no.
    • hyphenation:yes Change yes to no.
  • deliver a manuscript to a professional agent or publisher

    Swiss Knife export format with hyphenation turned off

for an ebook

  • write headings to generate table of contents

    • group names will not export
    • scenes will not be automatically numbered

steps

  1. choose ePub
  2. choose a style
  3. insert a cover image
  4. insert a title and author information

inbuilt styles are fine for basic text novels

3 options for more fancy design and layout

  1. buy a specific ePub creation app

    https://vellum.pub/: WYSIWYG ePub

    • try for free
    • pay when to publish a book
  2. learn how to code ePub
  3. pay someone to do the formatting

Ch 11. Backups

hourly backups for

  • the last 12 hours of the work
  • daily backup for the last 7 days
  • weekly backups for the last 6 months of work

Ch 12. Finally…

与我在blog上学到的内容差不多

学到的内容: 3次review很有意思

也知道了什么时候iPad