The way I see it, there are two ways to add Version Control abilities to your writing workflow. One would be to use a word processor specifically built for the task. The other would be to use the word processor you already have, and to use a separate app to handle the version control features.
I’m not sure that every of these applications and methods would give you the ability to use all of the features of a version control that a writer would want, but they are built on Git, which is a very powerful version control system.
…Of course, one option is to use Git itself to manage your documents, but using Git from the command line can be a challenge for some writers. There are several applications you can use for version control without the command line, although they were mostly designed with programmers in mind, not writers, so there may be a learning curve.
Does anyone know of any other writings apps that use Git? If so, I’d like to add them to my list, especially if they’re open source or multi-platform applications.
Everyone’s Favorite Word Processor
Most writers use Microsoft Word. I think it’s safe to say that it’s a fact. Most editors and publishers prefer to work in this format as well. Wouldn’t it be nice if a powerful version control system like Git could work with Microsoft Word documents? According to the book Pro Git, it can.