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    Do you write on Word or on a copybook?

    Discussion in 'Software' started by Nisa Hawkins, Aug 18, 2014.

    When you're building your story, do you write your notes on a copybook or on Microsoft word (or some other kind of typing software)?

    Generally I write notes on a copybook e when I have the structure of some chapters I start to write them.

    I know that to write on PC is more comfortable to edit and copy the notes, but when I should write some notes and I see the wait page of Word, I feel strange and I can't write.

    What do you think about?
     
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    I like to write in a word processor similar to Word, for OS X, but as for any notes or any sort of idea/musing outside of what I'm writing in that particular moment goes in a basic composition book next to my computer.
     
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    Word, Scrivener, and a million little pieces of scrap paper. :p
     
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    I use a single document in Word. I plan the story by writing a list of section titles. I then make a 'Table of Contents' of these which allows me see the whole structure at once, and helps me navigate. This might not be the best way but it works for me.
     
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    Scrivener is ideal. It has so many features beyond word that can be useful, it is a time saver. But I like best the feature, where at a glance, you can see your overview of planned chapter length, and actual chapter length.
     
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    I don't know Scrivener, I'll inform about this software!

    I think that this is a good way to structure and to built a story!
     
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    Thank you, you're so kind!
     
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    I'll sum up those 17 pages:
     
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    I think a more accurate summary would be this:
    "Use whatever you feel the most comfortable with, but don't be afraid to try something new."
     
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    Especially Scrivener, which (as mentioned) is tits.
     
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    Jack is right. It is the bee's knees.

    Dare I?

    Yes!

    It is the wasp's nipples.
     
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    I use NotePad--no, really; plain-text files, one for the story, one for notes. if it's broken up into separate sections, I'll usually put the sections in separate NP documents. when I'm getting ready to post something, I'll copy-paste it into an online text box--usually the 750 Words one--for reformatting, spellchecking, and general tidying-up.

    I want Scrivener so badly. I've wanted it for years, but I think I'll be able to get it this weekend. :D
     
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    Have you tried Q10? It's like notepad, but fullscreen with word counters, customizable colours/fonts, word targets, etc. And it saves everything in plain .txt files. It is also free, really small and doesn't need to be installed. :p
     
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    Komposten --I have not! that sounds awesome, I'll go check it out now, thanks for the pointer! :D
     
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    I use WordPad for notes. Very clean and easy to organize. Also, free.
     
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    I use a a copybook! It inspires me and I'm writing various notes in English, so I can also to practice! It's hard, but I would improve!

    I like to write on a copybook using pens and pencils to write the important pieces and the important scenes of my story and after I rework everything on Microsoft Word! In addition to, I use Microsoft Word to try the dialogues of various characters and after I use them to add more details to situations!
     
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    i tend to have a few notebooks stacked up with ideas, titles, maybe brief character sketches (one of which came from a dream, i was able to draw the character before i totally forgot her.)

    but 99% of the time, im straight to word, writing the novel. i will then go back and edit anything that i will have made a mistake with
     
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    Seems like everyone uses word and scrivener, and that scrivener is the clear winner. Never heard of it before I came here, what's so special about it?

    Also, I use Google Docs. Whaaaat.
     
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    Check out this other thread. (I've set the link to page 9 of the thread, because that's where most of the important Scrivener stuff really gets going.)
     
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    I use parchment and a quill. But I am hardcore.

    Even everything I type here I write down on my parchment first.
     
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    I use a notebook to draft and Word to write the digital draft and then print it. I want copies of everything
     
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    When at the computer I use Word. When away from the computer I use a digital voice recorder and then transcribe what I have recorded to a separate doc in Word using vice recognition software when I have the opportunity.
     
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    Word for the story and a big notebook for all of my notes. I'd love to get White Smoke at some point
     
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    I usually write an outline in a spiral notebook, and add to it...jot side notes and information.

    I'll then transfer it to a file (via MS Word) and then begin typing.

    I save some files such as language information, charts and such via Word or other program. Often times it will be started on index cards. I just think better that way. The saved computer files are more for reference and archive, as archived files are handy when writing a series.
     

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