Found the perfect writing setup

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📌 Disclaimer

You don’t need this to start writing. This is just icing over the cake and a process that fits nicely in my routine.

The setup involves 2 apps, Working Copy & iA Writer, and my iPad. And it costs ₹1799 + ₹2699.

Working Copy is a Git client for iOS and iPadOS. I works really well to clone, add new commits and push (requires a pro subscription, hence ₹1799 cost).

iA Writer is a beautiful, focused, markdown writing app. Its the one you see in the picture above.

How it works together

Working copy clones the repositories to the Files locally. I open the repo in iA Writer and edit / add new content. I go back to Working Copy, select the changes and push. The website is updated. 🎉

Things I like in this setup

  • Offline first. I can open and start writing on iPad irrespective of the network connection
  • Syncs directly to GitHub, so it gets built and deployed when updated.
  • It looks beautiful, keeps me focused and lets me use my iPad. Which is good because, I don’t want to open / sit with my laptop after work.

Bonus

When ever I open iA Writer, Shortcuts (automations) make sure the content I have is up to date by pulling content from the repository. Thanks Quinn!

I still manually commit the changes from Working Copy app as I don’t want to push commits (and re deploy the website) every time I close the app.


This is likely to evolve or discarded completely. 😅 I’ll post the updates here as usual.

Aravind Balla

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