My writing workflow

The way I write is that it starts with some idea. I usually write it down either in Drafts or in a Field Notes, that eventually finds its way into Omni Focus. Then I write a draft in a lined Leuchtturm1917 notebook. Usually either with a pencil or a fountain pen.

The next step is that I go through all the stuff I have written there every 25 pages or so. I transcribe the stuff I am happy with on my AlphaSmart Neo or re-add the idea to Omni Focus if I want to try it again.

Then I start BBEdit, open my Drafts.txt document and send the text from my AlphaSmart when I’m done.

The next step is that I once a week schedule posts for this site and The Ink Smudge. I pick the stuff I like from the Drafts document and I also try to delete stuff that I know I’m never going to publish.


I have kind of been absessed with Clojure over the last few months. And it looks like this will be my next thing. The languages I have used over the last few years started to not being that awesome anymore. Python’s lack of a proper type system was annoying, C# is not that expressive, and JavaScript is very messy.

So I started to look at both languages on the strongly typed side and on the dynmaic side. And I liked both Haskell and LISP / Scheme.

Then I discovered what I wanted in Clojure. A great language, awesome tooling, and a community around it that was large enough to matter.

What I love about Clojure is that the language itself is stupid simple. Not that easy, if you’re not that used to lisp and functional programming. But still very simple. All the rest is built on top of the language.

And it all made much more sense than to me. Everything is functions, everything is immutable, except some stuff. But what is immutable still got to be changed in a way that is more delibirate.

I love it.

What I always hated and still hate about OOP is that it is only elegant when you know exactly how it will look. But with Clojure it is more built in a way where we insted are trying to figure it out. Which is how I am used to do programming anyways.

Clojure is what I will be doing on my spare time, I don’t think I’ll be able to do much professional Clojure here in Bergen. But that’s fine.