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Offline Sanna

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2011, 08:11:25 PM »
Write or die is hilarious. The mind that can come up with disable backspace, is a truly evil one. I get distracted so easily - the sounds help.
Otherwise I'm stuck with Word. I'm used to it.
I had trouble with Open Office. How pathetic is that? It kept corrupting on download, and generally not playing nicely on my laptop. It worked fine on my mum's laptop, but I gave up on mine.
I'd get pages for my imac, but I can't see the point really. I have Word, it was free, it displays my words on the screen when I ask it to. It's not misbehaved on me yet...
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Offline Lyz

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2011, 11:34:32 PM »
Seriously guys, you should try yWriter 5. It's available from an Australian writer who writes humour sf. His books are actually pretty hilarious, but he used to be a computer programmer and the software is free. I use it for my writing. It's easy to organize and it saves autobackups every time you close it and periodically during writing.

Check it out @
http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter.htmlhttp://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/writing-software/

A free copy of his first book is available at
http://www.spacejock.com.au/Hal1Download.html.

Cheers, hope it helps guys :)

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Offline darkshiara

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2011, 06:17:36 AM »
I use Scrivener as of this 2010.  Prior to this I was using Roughdraft and word.  For script writing, I use Final Draft.

I also do a lot of storyboarding and outlining which helps me get a better feel for my characters.  For story boarding I use - Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and for Timelines I use Beedocs.
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Offline MTMaenpaa

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2011, 03:14:09 PM »
The lovely folks over at Literature and Latte have released a Linux beta for Scrivener, in addition to the other platforms.  Check it out here:

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivenerforwindows/
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Offline UnforgivingMuse

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2011, 11:30:59 PM »
I use pages. It's simple robust, and has no pretensions about telling me how to write.

Scrivener sounds interesting, but I worry about the 'eggs in one basket' issue.

Offline The Mad Hatter

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2011, 06:43:10 AM »
I use pages. It's simple robust, and has no pretensions about telling me how to write.

Scrivener sounds interesting, but I worry about the 'eggs in one basket' issue.
Big advantage with Pages is there's an IPad version as well, and I take the IPad with me everywhere.

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Offline ChrisMB

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2011, 03:18:06 AM »
I generally use a traditional pen and paper when on the move for my outlines, rough drafts, or random ideas. When it comes to sitting down to bang out the project, I usually use Microsoft Office OneNote for outlines and to keep all of my miscellaneous notes for characters, locations, weapons, races, magics and the various orders and societies. It's become my best friend for keeping all of my projects organized so that I'm not scrambling for jumbled pieces of papers in the piles of notebooks that I scribbled in.

When it comes to writing the actual story, I'm still a fan of Microsoft Office Word 2007. I've never really used any other writing software, but from what I've been hearing from you guys, it sounds like I should give some of them a try when I get the chance. For now I'm going to stick to what I know, but I'm not opposed to change.

Also, am I the only one who walks into an Office Max or Staples just to see what new industrial-sized printers, ergonomic keyboards, and other bits of hardware that would make their setup slightly more professional and capable of handling their eventual printing frenzy? I love my computer and everything, but something tells me my little printer can't handle the workload that it would be forced to handle if I had to print out my manuscript.

Offline ganstream1

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2011, 10:43:04 AM »
I used to stick to Open Office before, but now that I know how to use Scrivener (it took me awhile though), I switched to Scrivener for Windows.

Offline The Mad Hatter

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2011, 04:45:00 AM »
Also, am I the only one who walks into an Office Max or Staples just to see what new industrial-sized printers, ergonomic keyboards, and other bits of hardware that would make their setup slightly more professional and capable of handling their eventual printing frenzy? I love my computer and everything, but something tells me my little printer can't handle the workload that it would be forced to handle if I had to print out my manuscript.
Um, I have three printers here. One of them I use as a scanner. One of them can print 'printable' compact discs, and is used for that. We also have a laser printer, which is gathering dust. In other words, the only thing I EVER print is compact discs, when we cut a demo disc, which isn't very often. I never, ever, print manuscripts.

As to keyboards, a keyboard would mean working at a desk, using a stationary computer. Everything I use is mobile. I have a laptop that I use around the house for writing, and when I say around the house, I don't have a desk. I use several different chairs or the couches.

When I'm away from the house I use the IPad for writing. Yes, you can write on an IPad. In fact writing on an IPad is a liberating experience, since it can't multi-task, and the urge to check Twitter doesn't get in the way. It also weighs less than 2 pounds, will run for ten hours on a charge, takes almost no space, doesn't take any time to boot up, in fact it's the most incredible writing tool I've ever had.

Mind you it's not so good for editing. The screen is a bit small for that.

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Offline donalddallan

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2015, 04:17:27 PM »
Scrivener.

One day I was using Digg (because Reddit is blocked at work) and discovered an article written by some blogger that basically said "I Hate Word - Why I do and what to use instead." He had a link to Scrivener and recommended it.

So I downloaded the program on my PC Desktop and started to bang away at it. Huge learning curve but one day I realised that it was the cat's pyjamas. Actually it was more like the pyjamas, the litter box, food for a year, vet bills all paid for a year, and the sudden ability to talk to you and explain why cats are the true masters of the universe (at least in their minds).

I loved Scrivener so much that when I realised that the Mac version was superior to the PC version I went out and converted over to Mac. I am a software engineer and HATE Apple and Macs. Now I am the converted (resistence is futile).

Scrivener opened up writing to heights I could never have hoped to achieved with Word. I know there are other programs out there but Scrivener is my Holy Grail.

But it is not perfect. Whilst it can allow almost unlimited control over all my book versions, research, corkboard, outline, etc. it does have some compiling issues that you need to be aware of. They really need to provide better control and awareness of settings etc. It is the one failing. Still, knowing where it is limited can save you hours of effort. I also use Sigil for epub corrections/tweaking. Word (still - sigh) to sort out pagination issues for CreateSpace.

Anyone have similar thoughts? Or hatred of Scrivener? Love?
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Re: Writing Software
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2015, 04:20:56 PM »
I've been struggling with Scrivener. Mainly because I spend so much time on my iPad.

I've just started to use Ulysses, and so far so good. It syncs very nicely between my home Mac and my iPad. I did have to get a keyboard case for the iPad, because trying to actually write anything of length on it is just too crazy for me with the on-screen keyboard.
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Offline donalddallan

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2015, 04:53:07 PM »
I've been struggling with Scrivener. Mainly because I spend so much time on my iPad.

I've just started to use Ulysses, and so far so good. It syncs very nicely between my home Mac and my iPad. I did have to get a keyboard case for the iPad, because trying to actually write anything of length on it is just too crazy for me with the on-screen keyboard.

Hey cool. That was the other program that was recommended but I opted for Scrivener due to the 30 day free unlimited trial they offer. And it is 30 days of total use (12 hours one day plus 12 hours two weeks later = 1 day of the 30). Plus with Scrivener you have an owner licence and not a processor license meaning you can install it on as many desktops/laptops you want. Bloody awesome to see today.

I take it your Sync is through the cloud and I assume iCloud? I am a Google dude for everything and use Google Drive (with 1TB storage) to back up EVERYTHING I own that is digital. Funny story: I had a two drive NAS and BOTH HDs failed within 2 hours of each other. I lost EVERYTHING. Lesson: never use the same HD manufacturing batch (or manufacturer).

Anyway, I save to my Google Drive folder. Every word I have written, every image I have created, is there.

Question to anyone bothering to read this far down in my post: If you have experience with Ulysses AND Scrivener, what is your preferred solution?
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Re: Writing Software
« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2015, 07:59:17 PM »
I use Google Docs because I collaborate a lot. Being able to IM chat and see them typing on the screen gives me a little thrill.

Plus, I really like the suggestion mode. I use Scrivener to help plan and organize but Google Docs for my actual writing.

Curious about Write or Die. I'd be too afraid to lose my work!  :'(

Offline m3mnoch

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2015, 11:53:36 PM »
this is an exercise i've recently gone through myself -- getting my writing tools back in order, that is.

i write on a mac.  after two decades on windows, it "feels" amazing. 

i use focuswriter (http://gottcode.org/focuswriter) for the prose.  mostly because of it's highly customizable interface.  (this basically how i wrote this month's writing contest entry - https://twitter.com/m3mnoch/status/616244984434458625/photo/1)  but, also for the trinkets like alarms, keyboard sounds (tick-tick-tick!), and daily progress trackers.  back on windows, i used writemonkey for my distraction-free awesome.

i write all the text, one chapter per file, in markdown (https://github.com/adam-p/markdown-here/wiki/Markdown-Cheatsheet) and save it out in plain text .md files.  it helps to keep my meddlesome fingers away form any real formatting choices while i'm supposed to be writing.  from there, i can export to any format i want.

i use git (https://bitbucket.org) for keeping track of versions.  browsing through old versions or looking at diffs is crazy-handy.

i have my own dokuwiki (https://www.dokuwiki.org) server that i use for keeping track of all my worldly encyclopedia kinda things.  currently, this is the weakest part in the chain and i'd love to replace it.  in fact, i'd LOVE to find something that had the text formatting niceties of evernote combined with the simple ease-of-linking from scribbleton.

Offline SugoiMe

Re: Writing Software
« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2015, 01:25:47 PM »
All my first drafts (which actually only includes two manuscripts) are done on paper.  When I first started to type them up, it was in MS Word.  Then, I bought an iPad last year and started using Pages.  THEN, I bought a Macbook Pro and got Scrivener.  Absolutely love Scrivener because it keeps everything together, keeps all your brainstorming notes and things in one place, and you can take snapshots of your old draft when you got to edit.

@donalddallan - I agree about the compile option.  It's a little confusing, and I'm definitely gonna need a tutorial when I go to self publish.  Other than that, I love the program so far.  A little steep on the learning curve, but worth it when you find out what works for you.
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