Category: Writing

My thought on Freewrite

Hello Freewrite. A post shared by Thomas Mak (@makzan) on Feb 8, 2017 at 10:35pm PST It does not become my writing tool. It becomes…

My current writing stack (Update)

tl;dr I moved back to Ulysses to write and manage my tasks. I have been writing in different editors. I tried the Bear writer recently.…

Testing post publishing from Ulysses app

I’m testing the Ulysses’s new WordPress publishing ability. There are some things to test, including the categories/tags setting and embedding images as well as video…

My current writing app stack

Here is my current writing process. 1. Note-taking: iA Writer (iOS) + Log.md (Desktop) iA Writer has a convenient left/right button in tool bar. I…

10 things worth sharing every week

I start a new email newsletter. It is called “10 Things Worth Sharing”. Every week, I hand-pick the essays / posts / tutorials I read…

Introducing Log.md—A logger for everything flash in your mind

Yesterday I built a tool to log my every day’s thoughts down. It is called log.md. By using this tool. I can quickly jot down my…

Flexbox website guide

I’m creating an email course. It is a guide to use Flexbox in website layout. It’s free. It’s content is based on Flexbox.website, but I…

Writing in iPad is more focus

I feel more focus when writing in iPad. There are so many distractions when using MacBook to write. I’m getting the section 3 script of my 2nd edition of…

Writing script for the next video course

Writing video script for my up coming HTML5 Game Development video course, 2nd edition.

My flow to record video explanation solely on iPhone

I’m doing an experiment to see if I can create some of my video tutorials by using solely iPhone. 1. First, I prepare the slides in…

Trying Voice theme

I moved the site to WordPress to try several themes, mainly iA and NADA theme. I thought I would be happy with those minimal themes.…

Trying iA Theme

I’m trying the minimal iA wordpress theme to see how it works. Ideally, I’ll be able to focus on writing only.

How I write everyday

Here is how I write everyday. I use Drafts to write on iPhone. I share every writings to Day One, which syncs to my Mac. I collect the…

Writing in Scrivener

I purchased the writing application Scrivener for years. But I didn’t really get used to it. I switched to use others writing apps, namely Editorial, iA Writer,…

Jason Fried on Writing

Two quotes from Jason Fried on writing, from issue 12 of Offscreen Magazine. I guess I’ve grown to love it [writing] because it forces me to…

Writing book in code editor

I recently changed my writing tool from those distraction-free text editors[1] to code editor.[2] It’s mainly because I focus on writing technical books with code examples…

Practical CreateJS

I wrote a half-done book, Practical CreateJS, in early 2015. I’m exploring a new approach to write my book in AsciiDoc. I restart the writing process of…

A simple comparison between AsciiDoc and Markdown

I created a simple comparison between AsciiDoc and markdown. It uses my previous article. You can find both editions in the following Gist: And here is…

Setup Textastic app to write AsciiDoc on iOS

I’m writing my next technical book and course material with AsciiDoc. In Mac, there is plenty of options to write the AsciiDoc with syntax highlight.…

AsciiDoc Book Starter

I keep exploring different ways to write my next book. I’ve tried using Markdown, Markua, Pollen. They are all good at certain area, but none of them really…

The first draft is always perfect

Link: The first draft is always perfect That’s right. The first draft is always perfect. perfect. Its only job is to exist. Like minerals. Like dirt.…

New Makzan.net in beta

I’ve been thinking not to use the blog style in my personal website—makzan.net. I think I can put all my tutorial here and keep the…

How writer pro fits my writing

This is not a normal app review. This is about how I am using iA’s Writer Pro. How I think it fits my usage. Table of…