The Freedom To Write Anywhere

by NJB // // Lafayette, CO

Yesterday, I got a very cool like on Twitter from screenwriter John August. August is also the creator of Highland, a MacOS text editor for screenplays and novels.

In a retweet of his work on Highland 2, I pointed out how you could also write novels in Highland 2 using the Shanty markup language.

Every writer has their own preferred way of writing. The idea with Shanty is that it’s completely independent of any particular writing application. You can write in Word, Pages, Notepad, or… Highland. Right now I’m writing this update in Shanty, with the GNU Nano text editor on the Nantucket E-Book server. This update is stored as a text file, which will get rendered into HTML by your browser.

UPDATE 2021-06-23: The information in the next paragraph is out of date. Nantucket E-Books™ are now created using the Arrowhead text editor.*

When you write in the Shanty markup language, all you have to do is copy all your text, paste it into the text box in this site’s Write section, and click the button marked “GENERATE MY NANTUCKET E-BOOK.”

However you like to write, Shanty makes it easy to create and deliver the best e-books on the planet to your readers.

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