I am looking at my work-flow from the perspective of a writer. I know I gushed a bit not so long ago about using TaskPaper as a pre-organization tool but, I have to do it again. My word processing app of choice is Nisus. I am now figuring out that I can take the various sub sections of my project, create a unique TaskPaper document for that subsection, and then drag that file’s “path to file” onto my TaskPaper document - the one TaskPaper document that I am tracking all my projects with.
I find this folding text feature in TaskPaper, along with the ability to focus on any part of my outline at a moments notice, and the ease of building in saved searches, is just beyond superlatives.
In my Nisus document there is a side panel for an outline for any styled tex. There is also an easy way to insert a table of contents into the document. I find it much less confusing when attempting complex writing projects, to simply fold the text open or closed. Open when I want to see it, and closed when I am not wanting to focus on it at the moment, keeping it out of the way.
I got a wild hair and made a request for seeing some kind of folding text in Nisus. The response to that post was … the sound of crickets at night comes to mind. Other than that, complete silence.
I think this will mean that more and more, I will continue to depend on using TaskPaper for an organizational structure as I develop my writing.
I know many use TaskPaper with deadlines and dates and that is fine. I don’t use it in that way. But it is a God-send in the way TaskPaper does help me with reorganization of what I am trying to research, refine, and otherwise put together in a writing project.
I know or at least, I think I know, that Jessie sees WriteRoom as his sole writing and writer oriented app. I am not such a fan of what WriteRoom calls distraction free writing. None of that makes any difference, if I cannot follow my own structure.
I enjoy the formatted writing experience I get with Nisus (Pages, Word, etc.). But the organization and the plain text writing is all good in TaskPaper. Of course, if there was a way to style words within a line that would be even better but, I think we have already beaten that horse to death here. I’m just saying …