Like most people, I’m a little disorganized when it comes to writing. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick note, blog post, or even a story; I can never seem to reduce the amount of clutter that I seem to fall into.
For the last year or so, I’ve been integrating Storyist (Mac, $59) into my every day writing workflow1. Everything from short stories to the more strenuous NaNoWriMo, the app has been nothing but a huge help. Recently, I’ve noticed other bloggers that have put Scrivener to work for them and their blogs, and I decided that I would attempt to do the same with Storyist.
It turns out, thankfully, that the concept is the same across both apps, with very little modifications, if any, made to the template (available at the end of the post).
Here, you can see the sidebar of the project. The project of course is the title of the blog, which is then broken down into years. Notice 2016 is the only one? That’s when I’m flipping the switch, so to speak, on how I write blog posts.
Each year is then broken down by month, allowing me to better organize the posts.
It is, of course, a work in progress. I do plan to add dates to the posts for my reference. I could add them as folders, but it isn’t necessary.
That’s the basics on how the blog structure is broken down. I don’t imagine yours would be that much different.
The drafts folder is pretty self-explanatory: This is where I create a new text document and start writing. I don’t worry about editing the file at that moment; instead, I find it a lot easier to just write and worry about that later.
You can add images to the document so you get an idea of how to shape your blog post, or you can even just add placeholders (such as [image here]). There’s no wrong or right way to write your post and shape it up.
Once I’m done with the post, and I’m happy with how it turned out, I will move it to the corresponding month, which is essentially my way of saying that it’s ready to post.
To post, I just select the entire document in Storyist, copy it, then paste it into the composer in WordPress (I use visual instead of text, but you can do either). This should work in just about any blog platform available, though some formatting may need to be adjusted.
The ideas folder is my brainstorming area in Storyist. This section I’ve dedicated to simply coming up with topics to write about, and maybe some notes to go along with the topics.
There’s no limit to what goes here, and you may choose to modify this however you like to fit your workflow.
Since I’m just getting started with blogging and using Storyist together, I haven’t run into any issues with how I set this template up. In fact, this post was written entirely in Storyist so I could test it out.
I’ve read posts about exporting the project as an e-book at the end of the year, like a virtual yearbook of your blog posts. Since I just started, I can’t comment on how it looks if you were to do this yet, but my hope is that I continue strong throughout the year in order to try this out.
Feel free to download a copy of this template and leave a comment if you’d like so I know it’s being put to use out in the wild. If you feel like modifying it, go right ahead, and please share what you’ve done.
I may modify this myself, and I will definitely update it accordingly.
1. This isn’t a ‘Storyist is better than Scrivener’ post. Just giving a brief background on the app and how it fits into my writing workflow.