Draft launches today and might be the text editor I’ve been looking for.
As I writer, I’ve long noticed that there’s something missing in terms of digital tools. At my first job at a magazine, I tried to get our team to switch to Google Docs, but since there were no versions, we ultimately couldn’t do it – so back it was to Microsoft Word and emails.
Right now my team uses Contently with some of our freelance writers, and they’ve built a pretty nice in-house text editor that does track changes.
For my own personal writing, I’ve recently switched to using Sublime Text 2 (what is used in most learn-to-code classes). I use it mostly because various autocorrect systems slow me down and I use the HTML view in WordPress when I edit there anyway.
I’ve also started using Evernote to log interviews. I believe I could use Evernote to record interviews as well – I’ve been looking for a dependable place to store audio files in the cloud, let me know if you have a favorite.
That said, the sync from Evernote is a great feature of Draft, although I don’t know that I’d want it to sync both ways. If you’ve seen the Pro interface of Spundge – that’s what would be perfect. View five Evernote docs on the left, being able to click back and forth through them, while keeping one Draft open on the right.
Editing in the blog world, I think, gets the short end of the stick due to a lack of tools. Track changes has never been designed well – not since it was a red pen on paper. THEN, I could apply an editor’s changes to my future writing. The interface on Draft might encourage the activity of checking out your editors changes, which in turn, encourages editors to make lots of good changes. I think high quality writing is dependent on a few rounds of back-and-forth between writer and editor, and I don’t know if the fast-paced blog world is doing this.
The problem Draft is solving is complex because it seems the processes of writers and journalists is very different. But I wonder if this is because we’re juggling tools that weren’t designed for our work.
What digital tools do you use for interviewing, writing and editing?