I recently posted about the value of Markdown for academic writing. I have been working in Markdown exclusively for a number of weeks now, and I thought a quick update would be in order.
I have gravitated to MultiMarkdown as my Markdown variant of choice, primarily because it can handle footnotes. I tend to write with MultiMarkdown Composer, but I also use nvALT to get things started. I then move over to MultiMarkdown Composer when the piece gets some meat on the bone. I have found that I like the preview capability of Marked 2 a little better than the built in preview capability in MultiMarkdown Composer, but they are both very functional.
What I find I like the best about writing in Markdown is the lack of friction. It has become very easy to get words down now because I no longer fiddle with formatting or layout. My goal as of late has been to write a minimum of 200 words per day. I’m not perfect in meeting it, but often I far surpass it, so my overall output has improved. Markdown has made writing become a more pleasant experience overall than it was before, which makes it easier to do each day.
These are all Mac programs, but there are comparable tools available on Windows. What I said before is worth repeating here: Part of the beauty of Markdown is that I could switch programs or even platforms and it would still work, as at its root it is simply plain text. ↩