“A Routine Makes a Huge Difference in Being Productive”

David Chartier has been a tech fan since highschool – and so he made explaining tech his profession. In our interview David chats about writing, the tools and techniques that keep him productive, and his Ulysses workflow.

David Chartier

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

I’m a tech writer, content strategist, and consultant. I work with app makers to help them talk about their products and to customers, and I’m building a consulting business as well. I started in the tech industry as a writer for publications like Macworld and Ars Technica, and I currently have a column in MacLife magazine called The Shift. I also run my own website, Finer Things in Tech.

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“Ulysses Hit the Sweet Spot”

All kinds of authors are using Ulysses for their writing, and we asked some of them to share their stories. Sid O’Neill runs a creative agency, and is a dedicated blogger as well as spare-time fiction writer.

Sid O'Neill
Sid O’Neill

Which role does writing play in your life?

I run a little creative agency, and my job involves a lot of copywriting. I also use a lot of my free time writing for my personal site (about 100,000 words per year) and various languishing fiction projects. Wow. (Eyes widen.) I spend an unhealthy amount of time typing.

Could you describe what you use Ulysses for?

Absolutely everything that I write starts in Ulysses (unless I already began to write it in Daedalus Touch). I even paste things that I’m editing into Ulysses. Sadly, in the publishing world, almost everything has to eventually leap into the yawning abyss of Word or InDesign. But I do my best to avoid that until the very last moment. Read …

NaNoWriMo: It’s the Taking Part That Counts

We sponsor NaNoWriMo 2015

In November, hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the world commit to the craziness of writing a novel of 50,000 words in a month. During the last couple of weeks, we have been following some of them.

The good news is: They survived! Not all of them hit the goal, but all claim that NaNoWriMo has been a valuable experience.

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The 50,000 Words Writing Setup

We sponsor NaNoWriMo 2015

In November, hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the world commit to the craziness of writing a novel in a month. They do it voluntarily, just for fun – but what does it feel like? To find that out, we’re following some of them on their path of surviving NaNoWriMo. 

Part 5: For today’s post we asked our Wrimos to tell us about their writing setup.

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“You Can Work Naked, if You Want”

Mark Hodder had been writing radio spots and web content, before he started being able to make a living as novelist. That was seven years ago. In our interview he weighs the pros and cons of his job, unveils his daily word count and shares some indispensable advice for aspiring authors.

Mark Hodder
Mark Hodder

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The NaNoWriMo Disclosure

We sponsor NaNoWriMo 2015

In November, hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the world commit to the craziness of writing a novel in a month. They do it voluntarily, just for fun – but what does it feel like? To find that out, we’re following some of them on their path of surviving NaNoWriMo.

Part 4: Compared to model railroad building or yoga, writing a novel in a month is a rather unusual hobby. Do Wrimos talk about their commitment, and can they count with interest and support if they do?

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November 1: One Day in the Life of a Wrimo

We sponsor NaNoWriMo 2015

In November, hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the world commit to the craziness of writing a novel in a month. They do it voluntarily, just for fun – but what does it feel like? To find that out, we’re following some of them on their path of surviving NaNoWriMo.

Part 3: Albeit there is still a lot lying ahead of our Wrimos, they actually survived the first day of the challenge – and told us what happened.

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7 Stories, Waiting to Be Written Down

We sponsor NaNoWriMo 2015

In November, hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the world commit to the craziness of writing a novel in a month. They do it voluntarily, just for fun – but what does it feel like? To find that out, we’ll follow some of them on their path of surviving NaNoWriMo. For today’s post we asked them to summarize their stories in only three sentences. 

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How Writers Prepare for NaNoWriMo

We sponsor NaNoWriMo 2015

In November, hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the world commit to the craziness of writing a novel in a month. They do it voluntarily, just for fun – but what does it feel like? To find that out, we’ll follow some of them on their path of surviving NaNoWriMo.

Today is part 1: How do they prepare?

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“It Took Me at Least Seven Years to Call Myself a Writer”

Murmel Clausen is a German writer of screenplays, scripts for TV shows and series as well as novels, most of them in the comedy genre. Among other things, he collaborated on the western parody “Manitou’s shoe” which was one of the most successful German movies since 1945. His first novel was made into a film by the German actor and director Matthias Schweighöfer.

Murmel, could you please tell us how you got around to doing what you do?

Murmel Clausen
Murmel Clausen

I have to blame and thank my old friend Max Witzigmann for that. He worked for a radio station in Munich after graduating from school and asked me in 1994 to do a comedy show with him. So I had to write my first skits and had a great time doing so. Some of the stuff is still pretty funny. Then Max introduced me to a TV producer who hired me for a comedy show as a writer. But I have to admit that it took me another, well, at least seven years to call myself that.

Have you always wanted to do this, or did it rather happen by chance? Or let me ask the other way round: Have your ever considered an “ordinary” profession such as clerk, baker or teacher?

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