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Title: Writing Software
Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 06, 2011, 03:48:21 AM
Just curious.  What software do you use to write?

I was a long time MS Office user, but switched to Open Office a few years back because it loaded faster.  Then I discovered Scrivener, which was at the time Mac-only.  So I went and found Page Four, which is a similar style of program.  Then the folks that make Scrivener released a Beta for Windows just in time for NaNoWriMo this past year.  I'm hooked.

Scrivener has an excellent set of organizational tools specifically targeted at writers, from automatic manuscript format to being able to import the full content of a website into research folders.  My wife teases me, I've become such a fanboy for this software.

Check them out here: http://literatureandlatte.com (http://literatureandlatte.com)  The Windows edition is still in Beta, due to be officially released before the end of Spring. License is $40, or half that if you completed NaNo this past year.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Tiffany Kysis Tackett on February 06, 2011, 03:57:08 AM
Currently I am using MS Office 2007.  I really like the pre 2003 editions, but I'm too lazy to hunt one down. *shrug*  It works well enough for me, since I'm not doing any crazy formating, and I keep separate notebooks, sketchbooks, and legal pads for all of my development and notes.  I have a tiny computer screen (all I have is a netbook right now), so having multiple windows open at once is just asking for a vessel to burst in my eye.

I tried out the beta for Scrivener before NaNoWriMo, and I really love all the features, but I also love hand writing all of my development, especially since I can randomly draw pictures of stuff to illustrate right in the middle of the page, or in the margins.

Something I love for NaNoWriMo, at least, is Write or Die.  I have the desktop edition (the free online one can be found at www.writeordie.com (http://www.writeordie.com)).  You set up how many words you want to write, and in how much time, then you set what kind of grace period you want (how long it lets you pause in typing before the screen starts turning red) and the difficulty mode (if it just screams at you when you stop typing too long, or if it starts shaking, or if it outright starts deleting your last words as punishment to keep you typing).  It is a blast to use, fun for writing sprints and word wars against other writers, and really helps you pump a lot of material out in a small amount of time.

That's my list, I think.  Oh wait, I always use iTunes while writing, but that's music related.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Arthum on February 06, 2011, 09:16:47 AM
Well I use either the Open Office o my own piece of paper and a pen :D Depends if I'm at the lectures and we don't have anything to do at all or if I'm at home ^^ But the pen and paper applies anytime when I don't have access to my own PC. I'm starting of thinking of buying a netbook though, just for making notes at the lectures(I type much faster then I write with a pen :P ) and for writing stuff while we talk on Skype.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Dan D Jones on February 06, 2011, 02:40:22 PM
Currently, I'm using FocusWriter for the actual writing.  One of the biggest draws for me is that works well and it's available for both Linux and Windows.  I've been using Linux exclusively at home for over ten years, but my work-provided laptop is Windows, so I need to be able to work on both OS's.

In addition to the actual writing, I use Excel and Open Office Calc spreadsheets for things like timelines.  I use Evernote and Basket Note Pads for outlining, and Freemind for general planning, plotting and notetaking. 

I've played with Storybook but it doesn't really seem to fit my style of working.  I haven't given up on it but so far I haven't used it a great deal.  I'm intrigued by Scrivner and may give it a shot when/if they ever release the Linux port.  There was an unsupported beta for Linux back in October but the download link now gives a 404.

Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: professional-liar on February 06, 2011, 05:03:14 PM
I'm a big Scrivener fan.  You can really tell the designer has some experience with writing longer works.

The new version really rocks.

Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 06, 2011, 07:02:30 PM
But the pen and paper applies anytime when I don't have access to my own PC.

I think this qualifies as hardware rather than software :)  I put ink to paper a lot, usually for notes or the beginning of a work.  After a while, like you said, I can type faster than I write.  I'm partial to Scrivener because I can have multiple projects open, and multiple pages within them.  The toolset fits in well with my lack of organizational skills, and yet still manages to keep me focused.

I've played with Storybook but it doesn't really seem to fit my style of working.  I haven't given up on it but so far I haven't used it a great deal.  I'm intrigued by Scrivner and may give it a shot when/if they ever release the Linux port.  There was an unsupported beta for Linux back in October but the download link now gives a 404.

Not that I know anything about the subject, but can't you emulate the windows OS in linux?  I have a friend running Ubuntu and she still runs all her Windows software.  I'm a Luddite when it comes to these sorts of things, but do you think that would work for the Windows version of Scrivener?
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: khaldun106 on February 06, 2011, 11:08:15 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/ (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. (http://www.spacejock.com.au/Hal1Download.html.)

Cheers, hope it helps guys :)
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: LizUK on February 08, 2011, 03:30:44 PM
I use Scrivener and have written my most recent in that.  It is a fantastically robust bit of software.  I have no idea how the microsoft version works but my upgraded 2.0 for my Macs work like a treat.

You can outline, plot, import research, pictures, pdf's, searches, whole websites at a click - and it is right there, in the same folder, ready to look at without having to change software / out of the same window.  The writing and editing is easier than Word and it backs things up automoatically.  It's great and I love it with all my heart and soul.  It really is worth the money.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Khaldun on February 08, 2011, 06:27:46 PM
Never tried Scrivener. Not sure if I could be convinced to use it since I'd have to pay instead of continuing to use yWriter. (It doesn't help that Scriverner is still only at the Windows beta stage, unless googling and clicking the first result has failed me).
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Dan D Jones on February 08, 2011, 08:09:59 PM
I've played with Storybook but it doesn't really seem to fit my style of working.  I haven't given up on it but so far I haven't used it a great deal.  I'm intrigued by Scrivner and may give it a shot when/if they ever release the Linux port.  There was an unsupported beta for Linux back in October but the download link now gives a 404.

Not that I know anything about the subject, but can't you emulate the windows OS in linux?  I have a friend running Ubuntu and she still runs all her Windows software.  I'm a Luddite when it comes to these sorts of things, but do you think that would work for the Windows version of Scrivener?

Wine (originally stood for WINdows Emulator, now stands for Wine Is Not an Emulator, since it technically doesn't emulate Windows but uses other techniques) will allow you to run Windows software under Linux.  Unfortunately, it tends to be a bit flaky at times.  Some things work quite well; other things work very poorly.  When I'm writing, I want to be focused on my writing and not distracted by untrustworthy software. 
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 08, 2011, 08:14:46 PM
When I'm writing, I want to be focused on my writing and not distracted by untrustworthy software. 

Amen to that!
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Dan D Jones on February 08, 2011, 09:22:23 PM
When I'm writing, I want to be focused on my writing and not distracted by untrustworthy software. 

Amen to that!

I can just imagine.  I finally get some insight into how to write that tricky scene that's been blocking my story.  Enthused, I sit down and start pounding the keys.  Several hundred words later - CRASH!  Restart the software.  "We're sorry, that file is corrupt and can't be opened..."
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: The Mad Hatter on February 17, 2011, 06:15:38 AM

Pages (http://www.apple.com/iwork/pages/). I use it both on the Mac, and on the IPad.

I used to use Open Office (http://download.openoffice.org/), and yes it works, but Libre Office (http://www.libreoffice.org/download) is better. I'd be using it, if it was available on the IPad.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Tiffany Kysis Tackett on February 17, 2011, 04:19:14 PM
I totally forgot!  For screenwriting I use Final Draft 8.  That's writing software.  Yup.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Funky Scarecrow on February 17, 2011, 04:31:52 PM
For banging out text quick and dirty, I use FocusWriter (http://gottcode.org/focuswriter/). For formatting that text, I use OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/) and for those times I tinker with the screenplays and comic book scripts I play around with writing, I use Celtx (http://celtx.com/). All free, all relatively user friendly and all multi OS friendly so I can use them on the ubuntu/linux desktop and the vista laptop.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Sanna 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...
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Lyz 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/ (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. (http://www.spacejock.com.au/Hal1Download.html.)

Cheers, hope it helps guys :)

Yes, yes, yes. yWriter5 is what I use. I love it so, so much. :D
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: darkshiara 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.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: MTMaenpaa 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/ (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivenerforwindows/)
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: UnforgivingMuse 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.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: The Mad Hatter 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.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: ChrisMB 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.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: ganstream1 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.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: The Mad Hatter 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.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: donalddallan 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?
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: JMack 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.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: donalddallan 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?
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: KazaktheAwesome 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!  :'(
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: m3mnoch 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.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: SugoiMe 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 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40448) - 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.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Saraband on September 20, 2015, 05:19:47 PM
I tried several programs on my Mac, but nothing worked better for me than OmmWriter. It's an ultra-simplistic software, and that's its strength. It has very few functions, you just sit down and type away. I then used Word to edit the manuscript.

Now that I'm back to Windows, I downloaded NimbleWriter on Steam (because I got a -75% discount coupon). Again, simplicity is the keyword here, although this one has several interesting features, including achievements related to your writing, which can be fun and act as a positive motivation.

However, I just downloaded FocusWriter and will be giving it a go. I'm liking the look of it, whereas I think NimbleWriter still has plenty of room for improvement.

I never got into Scrivener, as the learning curve seems too daunting  ::)
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: m3mnoch on September 20, 2015, 06:14:15 PM
I tried several programs on my Mac, but nothing worked better for me than OmmWriter. It's an ultra-simplistic software, and that's its strength. It has very few functions, you just sit down and type away. I then used Word to edit the manuscript.

Now that I'm back to Windows, I downloaded NimbleWriter on Steam (because I got a -75% discount coupon). Again, simplicity is the keyword here, although this one has several interesting features, including achievements related to your writing, which can be fun and act as a positive motivation.

However, I just downloaded FocusWriter and will be giving it a go. I'm liking the look of it, whereas I think NimbleWriter still has plenty of room for improvement.

I never got into Scrivener, as the learning curve seems too daunting  ::)

oooh!  oooh!  i've spent a ton of time researching this very thing.

i loved ommwriter on the mac, but i wanted more customization.  focuswriter isn't terrible, but, really -- on windows, you want to look at writemonkey.  it's pretty amazing.

http://writemonkey.com/

and, yes, you are totally right that the learning curve on scrivener is high.  i've finally gotten it wrangled how i want it.  but really, the only uniquely useful thing with it is the corkboard.  it's a case where you can spend way more time tinkering than writing.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: ClintACK on September 20, 2015, 07:33:35 PM
This seems like the sort of thing that could eat up all my procrastination time when I ought to be writing.

I used to be an emacs snob.  I wrote my thesis in LaTeX.  Now I write in Word. 

It remembers the words I typed, so I don't have to.  What else would I need?

Should I be worrying about writing the a whole novel in one file?  I like being able to search a single document, but I hear a lot about people using separate documents for each chapter.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Yora on September 20, 2015, 07:56:42 PM
If you keep multiple copies and regular backups, a single file shouldn't be a problem at all.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: m3mnoch on September 21, 2015, 01:09:23 AM
This seems like the sort of thing that could eat up all my procrastination time when I ought to be writing.

I used to be an emacs snob.  I wrote my thesis in LaTeX.  Now I write in Word. 

It remembers the words I typed, so I don't have to.  What else would I need?

Should I be worrying about writing the a whole novel in one file?  I like being able to search a single document, but I hear a lot about people using separate documents for each chapter.

heh.  omg -- latex?  emacs?  dude, you would love my process!

i use voodoopad as my personal worldbuilding wiki (it one-click creates pages and automatically links names and terms to those pages from then on)

i write each scene/chapter in individual, plain text markdown files.  (rain_book01_scene006.md and the like)

i have a git server where i commit all changes as i go.  (so, i can "git pull" from my wife's machine or my phone and keep writing -- i wrote 300 words on my phone from my son's soccer practice the other day!)

i have a shell script i found/improved that uses multimarkdown to compile all my .md files and .css files into single html, rtf, epub, mobi, and pdf files -- complete with page breaks and sexy chapter headings and everything.

oh, and it'll compile to latex if i want it to!
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: ClintACK on September 21, 2015, 10:57:12 AM
Wow.  I can't even imagine writing prose on my phone.  That's impressive.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: m3mnoch on September 21, 2015, 03:43:57 PM
if only i could critique on my phone...  *sigh*
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: Nora on September 23, 2015, 08:18:44 AM
Bought a new mac and am already a diehard fan of Ulysses III no questions asked!!!

Talk about supper simplistic! Here's a screenshot of my entire screen as I write... The choice of white on all-black is mine and people can fully customize that.

(http://i.imgur.com/g4jNcj2.jpg)

Or if I want to keep an eye on my fb at the same time... And you can see one of the two optional side bars where my different written files are stored.
(http://i.imgur.com/jirkCiS.jpg)

The possibilities of this softwares are endless and beautiful. It remembers your instructions as it goes and makes the according alterations when you save your document to different formats, meaning that while it's super minimalist, you don't need any other software to adapt it to produce .odt or .rtf or .pdf ect.
It offers plenty of options that are mostly invisible and can be written in with symbols.

For example different types of lists, headings, quotes, emphasis, links, annotations, ect. Also allows easy media addition.
Bref, I'm in love and it makes writing a pleasure.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: JMack on September 23, 2015, 12:04:59 PM
This ^.

Ulysses is now my go to.
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: m3mnoch on September 23, 2015, 04:03:54 PM
1) i LOVE the thought of sharing screenshots your writing environment!  personally, i can't imagine sitting there in microsoft word writing all day.  i think i'd go crazy.

2) i tried ulysses and loved it.  especially its support for markdown.  the showstopper for me was i wanted something that let me customize the background images.

3) speaking of writing environments!  depending on what kind of scene/chapter i'm writing, i'll load one of these scrivener preferences i've created (you can do the same thing in focuswriter):

lots of action
(http://m3mnoch.com/static/images/scrivener-editor-action-small.png)

dark and forboding
(http://m3mnoch.com/static/images/scrivener-editor-evil-small.png)

lovey and peaceful
(http://m3mnoch.com/static/images/scrivener-editor-peace-small.png)

badguy alert!
(http://m3mnoch.com/static/images/scrivener-editor-danger-small.png)

all stark and lonely
(http://m3mnoch.com/static/images/scrivener-editor-winter-small.png)


Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: JMack on September 23, 2015, 04:58:21 PM
Ah, but @m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419), on my Mac, I could have Ulysses open on half the screen and suitably moody iumagery on the other half.  ;)
Title: Re: Writing Software
Post by: night_wrtr on September 23, 2015, 05:12:51 PM
I've been using Scrivener and I think it's great. I love being able to separate out scenes or chapter breaks within one document.