“It’s Hard to Love Reading and Not Also Want to Write”

Ashley Warren’s world is about writing. As a content and research strategist, she composes blog posts, newsletters, social media posts, and white papers. As as creative writer, she lets mostly female protagonists embark to fantastic adventures in imaginary worlds. In our interview, she talks about how she got into writing, self-publishing, as well as her routines and workflows.

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

Ashley Warren

I’m Ashley Warren, and I’m a writer and researcher in Reno, Nevada. I live here with my husband, Andrew, who is a robotics engineer, and our cat, Sofie. Daily, I wear several hats: I’m a content, UX and research strategist; a research and writing consultant; and a creative writer. I hold a Master’s degree in Literacy Studies from the University of Nevada-Reno, which helped me hone both my research and writing skills.

My brain is regularly split between logic/analysis and untamed creativity. Right now, I have two main projects for early 2018: a speculative fiction short story anthology — working title Badlands — about how people are shaped by their environments; and a cross-genre role-play game (RPG) campaign called The Fractures. RPGs — such as Dungeons & Dragons — have really changed the way I approach storytelling, since it requires a logical approach just as much as a creative one: how can players get from point A to point B in the most interesting way possible? How can I create a unique, interesting world and atmosphere that people can delve into?

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5 Out of More Than 100: Ulysses 12.2 Now Available

We have just released Ulysses 12.2 on both the App Store and Mac App Store. The update ships with well over 100 improvements and bug fixes, mostly ironing out smaller annoyances, or slightly tuning existing features.

Most of you probably won’t notice a thing – because you never experienced any of the problems we have solved, or you never use the features we improved, or because the change is so minimal, that you just wouldn’t notice.

As we nevertheless spent a huge amount of time on all these tiny fixes, I’d like to take the opportunity and give you a small behind-the-scenes-look: I’ll walk you through five of the recent changes, which small subset of users they effected, and what it took us to actually fix each issue in order to improve Ulysses for this particular group of users.

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Introducing the Winners of Our NaNoWriMo Final Giveaway 🎉

We are a little sad November is over. Must all good things come to an end? This was our forth year as NaNoWriMo sponsors and we loved being part of this amazing event. A special thanks to all of you who wrote your novel with Ulysses, thank you for making this a great year.

And now, the time has come to announce the one-year Ulysses subscription winners! For this final giveaway, we invited all NaNoWriMo winners to share their writing goal with us before December 7. The winners, chosen at random, have been selected and the prices are ready to go. Is your name on the list? Look down below…

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Our Favorite Podcasts for Writers

Ulysses is a sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2017 and we want you to get the most out of it! We’re inviting all participants to claim their NaNo-bundle: sign up to our free email course, have a look at our introductory video, and write their novels with Ulysses (for free)

Podcasts’ popularity has grown considerably in the last couple of years. You can listen to just about anything and the list of topics keeps growing! So if you are looking for an escape, to extend your education, or for a new source of inspiration, we are pretty sure there’s a podcast out there for you. Today, in the NaNoWriMo spirit, we’d like to invite you to listen to: Our Favorite Podcasts for Writers.

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iPhone X, Revised Object Editors, and a New Theme

We released Ulysses 12.1 for iOS today. It should already be available on the App Store, so go grab it, it’s one hell of an update.

The headline feature may be full support for iPhone X, and yes, we love how it looks on Apple’s latest, but we had already done the main part with v12, so let’s not spend too much time on that.

It’s ready for iPhone X, Face ID and all, so go play with it and have fun (the device rocks hard, we know, so go, go, go)!

But…

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Crushed It: How to Deal with Writer’s Block

Ulysses is a sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2017 and we want you to get the most out of it! We’re inviting all participants to claim their NaNo-bundle: sign up to our free email course, have a look at our introductory video, and write their novels with Ulysses (for free)

Have you been staring at that page for too long? You can’t write anymore? Then it’s definitely time to reload. We want to help you overcome this dreaded barrier in your journey to conquer NaNoWriMo, so have a look at our tips compilation for dealing with writer’s block.

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A Worthy Opponent: Creating the Perfect Villain

Ulysses is a sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2017 and to help you get the most out of it, we’re inviting all participants to sign up to our free email course, have a look at our introductory video, and write their novels with Ulysses (for free)

Sauron, Mr. Hyde, Hannibal Lecter, Pennywise, Voldemort, Count Dracula, Norman Bates, Darth Vader, The Joker… the list goes on, but what makes these villains powerful adversaries? How do we create the ultimate nemesis? Attention Wrimos, next in our Tips&Tricks hoard — How to build the perfect antagonist:

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Track Your Writing Time with Ulysses and Timing (Giveaway Inside!)

Whether you’re a professional writer or just have some small side projects, you may be interested in how much time you spend on writing. Maybe it’s just your own curiosity – how long did it take you to write that chapter or blogpost? Or you may be working on a client project, and you need to bill the hours spent on writing a report or article. On macOS, you can use Timing to automatically track time spent on basically any activity of your Mac: researching, communicating, procrastinating – and most importantly – writing. Starting with Ulysses 12 and Timing 2.2.1, these apps have a much tighter integration.

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Ulysses 12: Small Refinements for More Productivity

In last week’s announcement post you already learned about the most important new features in Ulysses’ latest version. There are a few further refinements we would like to point you to. Even if they’re about small details, they may – depending on your workflow – improve your working with Ulysses every day.

Use Shortcuts to Move Paragraphs

During the process of editing, you may realize that rearranging the order of your text is necessary. So far, you needed to cut paragraphs and paste them to their new location. With the new version, you can use the following shortcuts to move a paragraph up or down in your text:

  • ⌃⌘↑ (control-command-up arrow)
  • ⌃⌘↓ (control-command-down arrow)

Note: It does not matter where in your paragraph the cursor is placed, these shortcuts will move the entire paragraph.

Even if you don’t mind reaching for the mouse — try it out, it is much more convenient than the traditional way.

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