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By Jason Snell

Applications Folder: My writing workflow

People ask about my writing workflow all the time, and it’s changed so little over the years that I’m always hesitant to get into it. But with my move to working at home and the integration of the iPad Pro into my professional life, things have changed a little bit.

I have been using BBEdit to do most of my writing for a couple of decades now. It’s a text editor primarily designed for programmers, so it’s an odd choice for a writing tool, but I love it. Most of what I write is in John Gruber’s simple plain-text Markdown format, and BBEdit provides some tools and text coloring for that. I like working in plain text, and BBEdit won’t let me work in anything else.

But really, I use BBEdit because of the array of other features it offers. BBEdit’s grep search-and-replace features let me massage text—not just what I write, but data out of spreadsheets and mail-merge documents and all sorts of other things—into exactly the form I need it, in a short amount of time.

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