“Having a Story With a Beginning, Middle, and End Will Help Give You Direction”

Bridgid Gallagher is a fiction writer, blogger, and repeated NaNoWriMo participant. In our interview she chats about her approach to writing a romance novel and shares three things that may help Wrimos through November.

Bridgid Gallagher
Bridgid Gallagher
Please tell us something about you and what you are working on.

I am a fiction writer and blogger. On the fiction side, I write magic-filled stories for children and love stories for adults. I also share information about writing and marketing for writers on my website, and just this month released my Novel Writer’s Story Workbook, which you can get for free by signing up for my mailing list.

Right now I’m getting ready for the publication of my debut, the first in a series of small-town adult romances. Here’s the blurb:

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Quick, Quicker, Quick Export

With Ulysses, exporting is fast — your text in a beautifully formatted PDF, as an ebook or a WordPress blog post is always just a few clicks away. This tip for Mac users is about making export even faster, thanks to keyboard controlled navigation of the Quick Export panel.

If you love to work without having to reach for the mouse too often, you’re probably aware that, in Ulysses, you can evoke Quick Export with the shortcut ⌘6 (command-6). Now, did you know that you can control the Quick Export panel for the most part with your keyboard, too? There’s only little you need to memorize:
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Alternative Blogging Platforms & Future-Proofing Your Works


Eline, originally from The Netherlands, is currently doing an English Language and Linguistics Master and is leading The Soulmen’s support team. In her column, she responds to some of the most frequently asked questions and shares support answers that could be of interest for more Ulysses users out there.

Posting on Other Platforms Than WordPress or Medium

Now that Ulysses allows for direct posting on WordPress and Medium blogs, we get increasingly more requests about publishing on other popular platforms such as Ghost and Squarespace. Here’s how it works.

When publishing to Ghost and Squarespace, it’s important to know Ulysses doesn’t offer a direct way for doing so yet. Instead, both platforms offer a Markdown editor into which you can paste your works.

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“Do You Have Plans for November?” – “I’ll Write a Novel.”

The founders of NaNoWriMo chose November wisely for the challenge of writing 50,000 words (a novel), instead of August or March. November is best suited month for such an undertaking, at least in the Northern hemisphere: Wrimos are not as tempted as in other times to let the 50,000 words alone and go swimming or make a barbecue instead. Luckily, because they need an iron will to follow this project through – they can’t make use of temptations.

“What’s the Tool You’re Writing Your Novel With?” – “Ulysses, of Course.”

Wrimos can make use, however, of a tool that helps them tackle this challenge: Ulysses. Read …

The Easiest Way to Publish to WordPress

I have written all my posts for our Ulysses blog in Ulysses, of course. Until recently, I used to copy a post’s text as HTML code, then paste it to the WordPress backend online. This worked ok – but with Ulysses’ WordPress integration, it is now WAY easier. I write and organize my articles with Ulysses, and once I’m ready to publish, it takes me only a few clicks for a browser preview. Here is a wrap-up of how it works.

On Mac

Before you can start publishing, you’ll have to connect your WordPress account with Ulysses. On Mac, you can do so via “Preferences › Accounts”.

Now provide your WordPress username and password. Ulysses supports blogs hosted on WordPress.com as well as self-hosted installations. For the latter (“Custom WordPress”) you’ll also have to provide a URL.

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New on iOS: Sync Your Writings With Dropbox

Dropbox synchronizationWhat’s new in Ulysses 2.6? In a series of blog posts, we’ll closely look at each of its new features and examine how they can help writers to get their work done.

Besides Typewriter Scrolling and Quick Open, Dropbox synchronization was another Ulysses for Mac feature in high demand for the iOS version of the app. Users kept asking for it, and we finally delivered!

If you’ve never missed it, you may ask: Ulysses syncs seamlessly via iCloud, so why Dropbox? Here are two use cases where it makes sense:

  • You want to edit your texts with Ulysses, but occasionally need to access them from a Windows computer or an Android smartphone. Ulysses stores texts in Dropbox as Markdown or plain text files, so you can open them with any text editor of your choice.
  • You want to work together with someone else on the same text. In Dropbox, you can create a shared folder and let multiple users edit the text files it contains.

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Import Your Vesper Notes Into Ulysses

A few days ago, the creators of the notes app Vesper announced to end its development and eventually shut down the sync server. Being in this industry ourselves, we can understand that making this move isn’t easy, and we’re sorry for both the developers and the Vesper users who grew fond of the tool. If you’re a Vesper user and considering Ulysses as a future replacement, this post is for you. To ease migrating your notes from Vesper to Ulysses, we’ve created a small tool which lets you do exactly that.

Screenshot Dock Ulysses Vesper Importer

Here’s how you can import your existing notes into Ulysses:

  1. Open Vesper, go to the Sidebar and select “Export”. Tap “Export Notes and Pictures” and select a location where to export your notes to. For instance, you could export your notes to your iCloud Drive folder.
  2. Download the Ulysses Vesper Importer and launch it.
  3. Drag your exported Vesper folder into the window and click “Save Sheets…”.
  4. A Finder window will open. Simply drag the selected folder onto Ulysses dock icon or into its sidebar.

That’s it – your Vesper notes are now available in Ulysses’ text library.

Screenshot Vesper Ulysses Importer

The import should be fast and work smoothly. Should you encounter any problems, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the feedback form.

For Better Focus: Typewriter Mode, Revamped

What’s new in Ulysses 2.6? In a series of blog posts, we’ll closely look at each of its new features and examine how they can help writers to get their work done.

MacBook, Typewriter Mode enabled

An earlier implementation of the new Typewriter Mode was actually part of Ulysses for Mac since 2013. With version 2.6, Typewriter Mode was revamped and finally made it to iPad and iPhone.

Typewriter Mode – you guessed it – got its name because it mimics the behavior of mechanic typewriters in some respects. Some older users may even remember how it was to write on these! Writing on a computer instead has many advantages, but there’s one thing typewriters were actually very good at: letting writers focus on their texts. And better focus is exactly what Ulysses’ Typewriter Mode aims for.

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“The App Should Still Be Fun to Use, Just Like Without VoiceOver”

What’s new in Ulysses 2.6? In a series of blog posts, we’ll closely look at each of its new features and examine how they can help writers to get their work done. Today we talk to Lucas, development trainee at The Soulmen, who was in charge of optimizing Ulysses for VoiceOver users.

Screenshot of Ulysses on iOS with VoiceOver enabled. The accessibility rotor is visible and set to “Actions”.

With the latest version, Ulysses claims to be accessible for visually impaired writers. Could you please explain the difficulties blind and visually impaired are facing when using a computer? How can they be solved?

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