Storyist Podcast Archives

Storyist is a writing app for macOS and iOS. These are audio versions of my Stoyist videos.

Storyist 118: Bookmarks and Comments

In this episode I’ll show you how to use the bookmarking feature in Storyist. I’ll also explain how to use comments and where to find a list of them so you can see them all in one place. https://www.versluis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Storyist-18-Comments.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 12:27 — 11.4MB)

Storyist 117: Using Story Sheets

In this episode I will (try to) explain the concept of Story Sheets to you. Those are writing aides, akin to writing bibles and index cards. Think of Story Sheets as a supercharged version of a post-it note. They let you define relatively vague “things” like plot points, characters, settings, scenes, character development points and …

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Storyist 115: Writing Shortcuts

In this episode I’ll show you some of the shortcuts I find useful when using Storyist. I’ll show you how to navigate words, paragraphs and whole lines from the keyboard, and I’ll also explain a couple of tab key shortcuts. Lastly, I’ll show you how to access a full list of shortcuts that are supported …

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Storyist 114: Headers and Footers

In this screencast I’ll show you how to customise the headers and footers of your document. The principle is the same for either. In particular, we’ll look into aligning the page numbers in the footer: off numbers to the left, and even numbers to the right – just like some books do. Storyist can help …

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Storyist 113: Customising Your PDF

In this episode I’ll show you how to customise the print-ready PDF we’ve created in the previous video. When Storyist formats a PDF with templates, it create intermediary files that we can tap into and further refine the output to make it look exactly as we want our book to look. https://www.versluis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Storyist-13-PDF-2-v2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 15:51 …

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Storyist 112: Creating a PDF

In this episode I’ll show you how to create PDF version of your document. In Storyist, this is done using an intermediary Book Object that takes care of the page setup and formatting options. https://www.versluis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Storyist-12-PDF-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 18:16 — 16.7MB)

Storyist 111: Ebook Formatting Tips

In this episode I’ll give you some tips about ebook formatting when using Storyist. For this demo I’ll use an EPUB document we’re creating from my dummy manuscript and open it in Apple s iBooks for macOS. I’ll show you how to replace the section separator, how to deal with empty lines, and you’ll see …

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Storyist 110: Creating a Kindle ebook

In this video I’ll show you how to create a Kindle ebook from your manuscript and several other items in Storyist. Amazon’s Kindle uses the .MOBI ebook format, while other e-readers support the .EPUB format (such as Kobo, Nook and iBooks). Storyist supported them both equally well. https://www.versluis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Storyist-10-Kindle-ebook-v2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 20:18 — 18.6MB)

Storyist 109: Using the Project Trash

In this episode I’ll show you how to use the Project Trash option in Storyist. It works just like the trash function in macOS and Windows, with which you never directly delete documents from the system. Instead, they’ll go into the “trash”, which when emptied, will delete a document from the hard drive. Storyist has …

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Storyist 108: Storyist on the iPhone

In this episode I’ll show you how to use the main functions in Storyist for iOS, on an old iPhone 5s. I’ll show you how to navigate, switch between Draft Mode and Formatted Page Mode, and how to insert chapters and sections into your manuscript. I’ll also demonstrate how to find and replace in your …

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Storyist 107: Tracking Writing Goals

In this episode I’ll demonstrate how you can use the Writing Goals feature in Storyist to your advantage. With Writing Goals you can keep on track of a deadline and get an impression of how many words per day you write over a longer period of time. Writing Goals have become popular with competitors like …

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Storyist 106: Dark Interface Mode

In this episode I’ll show you how to switch to the sexy “dark interface mode” in Storyist. Technically it’s just a tick box, but to get the best inverted experience, we need to tweak c couple of other settings. I’ll also explain the philosophy behind Dark Mode, and how to make your Mac’s menu bar …

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Storyist 105: Version Control Features

In this episode I’ll show you how to save your files in Storyist, and how to keep your work safe. Besides “save” and the equivalent of “save as”, Storyist also offers Version Control built in, which means you can save a modified version of your project, similar to how Git projects are controlled. I’ll explain …

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Storyist 104: Formatting and Styles

In this episode I’ll show you how to use some of the formatting tools Storyist has to offer. I’ll also explain how to apply formatting collections known as styles to parts of your manuscript. Styles are not only used to format chapters and body text in a cohesive way; Storyist also uses these styles to …

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Storyist 103: Creative Writing Tools

In this episode I’ll explain some of the excellent writing tools Storyist has to offer. In particular, I’ll show you how to create chapters and sections/scenes inside chapters, I’ll explain the outline and index card view, and I’ll show you how you can see the outline view and your actual manuscript side by side. https://www.versluis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Storyist-3-Writing-Tools.mp3Podcast: …

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Storyist 102: Meet the Interface

In this episode I’ll give you a brief overview of Storyist. I’ll show you how to create a new project, how to create a new manuscript inside the project, what the panels do and how the layout works. https://www.versluis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Storyist-2-Overview.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 18:46 — 17.2MB)

Storyist 101: Introduction to Storyist

In this series I’ll introduce you to Storyist, the creative writing application for macOS and iOS. In this episode I’ll speak about the software’s philosophy and how it differs from other writing applications such as Microsoft Word and Apple’s Pages.  https://www.versluis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Storyist-1-Intro.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 8:07 — 7.4MB)