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    For those of you using Open/Libre Office - have you gotten to the editing stage, yet? Does it work with the "track changes" feature if your editor is working in Word?

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    Alert - Zombie Thread. Sorry, but bringing this one up again might bring out some new information.

    Microsoft Word is my go-to word processor, and I use the version available when I buy a new computer. Office adds a couple hundred bucks to the computer's price, but it's worth the extra cost to have a word processor that produces files used almost universally.

    I occasionally download and play with trial versions of Scrivener but haven't been able to use it as effectively as Word. I love the index cards and file tree that conglomerates most research and notes in one place on screen for easy access. Price is double what it was in 2015, but it can be purchased for half price if a user participates in NaNoWriMo this year, and writes the full 50K words in November.

    When it comes to tapping at the keys and writing something, Word and Scrivener do the same thing, and both have their own edition of "...for Dummies". My primary reason for sticking with Word is that its output is immediately usable by nearly all professions to which I might submit the end product.
    Use commas constructively and watch out for those adverbs.

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    I tried to use Scrivener,
    I found myself badly, too complicated.
    I use Open Office.
    In a page I write the story, in another page write notes.

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    I tried the program years ago.
    I'm trying it these days.
    I saw that the version has been updated.
    I fell in love.
    I had started a nonsense short story to test the program.
    It has become a real story.
    I'm collecting the money, I'm buying it.
    It's beautiful.
    My dream? Being able to enter people's hearts with words: giving emotions and dreams.
    JK Rowling (Harry Potter) has been rejected more than 10 times Remember, don't give up!
    Thank you all for the help you give me to improve my English.

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    I started out in Word. It was what I had. I later switched to yWriter, which is great for organizing. Notes, ideas, bits and pieces that went with a story. Or ended up not going with a story. I switched to Scrivener because it compiles in addition to all the organizing stuff, which saved me time and effort with anything longer than a short story. I had a nice template set up in Word for shorts. I don't use a lot of the things Scrivener has, like the snapshot thing. If I change something, delete words, I generally just let them go. If I really think I might want them, I copy and paste into another text document. (And there's tons of stuff just sitting there, never to see the light of day.)

    Anyway, different things work for different people. We are not the same creature, and some things just seem to "click" for us that might not work the same for someone else. Try different program, different methods (outline, don't outline), until something fits.

    (I know it was a zombie thread, but it's roaming at the moment.)

  7. #37
    My main writing tool is It's an extremely robust world building tool but also has a adequate writing element to it as well. It's subscription based at $9 a month but totally worth it for me. Also, it's free to try and you keep access to everything you've created previously if you decide to stop paying. Basically the world building part gives you very detailed, customizable templates for creating characters and scenes. However, if you are a fantasy/scifi writer, there are templates for everything else you can think of including locations, items, creatures, governments, languages, magics, planets, races, and traditions.

    This is a cloud based application so you just go to from any internet connection and your work is saved within your login. This is a huge advantage for me over Scrivener which isn't as friendly to those of us who like to work from multiple devices. (especially if you're not a MAC user)

    In addition to what I've already said, the writing tool comes with an AI that will analyze your writing and give you all kinds of information like readability scores, word usage and sentence structure. The AI will also recognize pronouns within your writing and will allow you to either create a character/place/item template and link it or you can just link a previously created template if it already exists.

    There is also a collaborative element that allows you to easily share and connect with other users on the site if you so desire.

    I HIGHLY recommend checking it out. Especially if you are a fantasy/scifi writer but anyone who write fiction would benefit.

    The greatest part is the developers are motivated in improving this tool. I've been using it a little over a year and the improvements they've made since have been amazing. And because it's cloud based, the new features are just available once you login. You don't have to wait for a new software version to come out before you can update (like scrivener).

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