Loved this essay and the whole idea behind looking at workflows. I’ve recently been tasked to help develop university curriculum that will ask students to think broadly about their use of tools to do intellectual work and interact with others. This is going to be a treasure trove as we work out the details of how to teach these important habits of mind.
Also, I’m a fiction writer, who similarly left traditional wordprocessing for the composing stage of my writing years ago. After some time with Scrivener, I felt the same about its over-abundance of features. Like others, I’m now using Ulysses, and it’s made all the difference.
Prepping manuscripts for agents, editors, publicists, now that’s another story, involvoing something I’ve been calling a “empathetic workflow.”