Patrick McLean likes to keep things simple. He’s been a writer for a long time, tried many writing tools, and publishes his work in a variety of mediums. Lately he has been pushing back on the complexity all of that brings with the simplicity of Markdown. Markdown is a simple, plain-text language that can help writers remove distractions, make it easier to use their content on multiple platforms, and maybe even get more productive. Patrick shares his considerable love of Markdown, and has some tips for people who want to dive in. Here’s what you’ll find in 15 minute so this episode of The Books & Beer Hangout:
- Why writing in plain-text can simplify your work.
- Why you should worry more about the content than the structure as you write.
- The flexibility of being able to easily export your content to any other program.
- How Markdown files are similar to ebook files, and why that’s helpful.
- Why an ebook development environment is more valuable than a fancy layout program.
- Value of putting all your writing into one format.
- Tips and tools on getting started with Markdown.
And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Evo had a Firestone Walker XVI, while Jeff went with a classic Dale’s Pale Ale. Patrick was feeling a bit fruity and switched things up with a vodka cranberry.
Some of the links Patrick mentioned:
- Markdown Language
- Two-minute intro to Markdown
- nvALT notetaking tool
- Draft writer collaboration tool
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