Git for writers: Write fiction like a (good) programmer

An introduction on Git as a writing tool

As a front-end programmer who also writes fiction I can imagine a lot of tools for programming which would be very convenient for writers. But the primary and most important tool I want to talk about is Git. For those who don’t know what the hell is this, I explain: Git is a a version control system. It controls drafts and versions of files (so, text files included here). It is very useful while someone writes code for a new program , since there are many versions of the same code and the programmer needs to keep track of each one of them. Sometimes the person wants to merge versions, for example. And believe me, when you program you have many versions of the same code and the stupidest thing is to save new files for each new version (it seems the natural way to manage a project but it is not). Some codes are so big that is impossible to track everything manually. And they take a stupid large space in your HD. (Git is also helpful to write texts in group, but it is a subject for another post).
Doesn’t it sound similar to a writer’s routine?

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Why?

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Nice, but… how does it work?!

First of all, keep this in mind: Git is a software. It manages files as they change by time.

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Next steps

I hope you understood the benefits of using a programming tool to write texts. If you have any question about anything, please, write me (no pun intended).
I’ll post more articles about Git and its uses in practice. :)

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