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    RE: What is the best word processor ?

    Discussion in 'Software' started by Jesse Bassett, Feb 25, 2020.

    Hey fellow authors,
    I am wondering something....what do YOU think is the best word processor for a writer? I use Microsoft Word and WriteItNow 4. I like the latter better because the program separates the manuscript into chapters and I can add/remove character information, etc. What are your thoughts?
     
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    there isn't really a right answer to this - I write fiction in libre office and non fiction in scrivener, but realistically any word processor on the market will do a more than adequate job
     
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    Yeah, the best one is the one you're most comfortable using. I always used Wordpad for fiction until I switched to Linux. Now I use a decent text editor. I also boot my laptop into DOS from a USB drive and use a text editor called VDE, which uses Wordstar keyboard commands.
     
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    Have any of you heard of WriteItNow? It is a great program to use!
     
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    I've heard of it. It looks like a Scrivener clone with more of a Windows-friendly lean. Scrivener is unapologetically Mac in the way it looks, walks, and talks; hence, it's my platform of choice as a Mac guy.
     
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    I downloaded yWriter recently on the laptop (that I rarely use). Looks like a fairly decent 2nd or 3rd tier story-planning software (in other words poor man's Scrivener). Decent enough if you don't want to shell out for the real deal.
     
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    I use Scrivener. It's terrific. I take a lot of notes when I write, and it has rich note-taking abilities. Also, I can set it up to look any way I want, so that it's comfortable to write in, and it will automatically compile into standard manuscript format. That's a very cool feature.
     
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    I should add that, once I started using story planning software that includes a word processor (like Scrivener, yWriter, etc) I now consider it better than just a word processor by itself (for novels anyway). The ability to structure nested sets of folders allows you to develop things amazingly, like I never could before.
     
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    I've got Word and Scrivener. I use LibreOffice mostly.
    But lately I've switched to minimalist editors. I'm using Typora right now. You can scroll down on their site and see how elegant it is.
    It can do tables and lists, etc., but all I need is an occasional italics and a spell check. I wish I could catch duplicate words too (the the), because those seem to turn invisible when I revise. I'm not sure if there's a way to catch those . . . the creators deliberately kept the layout simple.

    I use the Windows and Linux versions. They're free. We'll see what happens when it goes out of beta. I might actually buy it because I do like it lots.

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    Fun topic. You can change the world with a sharp stick, iron gall ink, and a supply of rat-skin vellum. Software helps, and your rats will appreciate a good word processor, too.

    I've never messed with Markdown in Scrivener. Anyone know how that works?
     
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    I like Smart Edit Writer and Wavemaker, but I've decided to experiment with using nothing but OneNote.
     
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    The human brain is the best word processor. Sorry. :p
     
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    if only it could output a .docx file
     
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    Hah! New type of body piercing—implanted USB ports in the temples.
     
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    LaTeX for the sole reason that it doesn't fuck with your formatting mid-writing, ruining the flow. Plus formatting is super comfortable.
     
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    I have Open Office on my older laptop and Ultra Office on my new one.
     
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    Me too! Except I actually miss Wordpad, and I need to get Wine on my computer so that I can mess with it. Then again, LibreOffice with autocorrect turned off works pretty well for me now. To be perfectly honest, I hate automation in writing. Particularly since science fiction involves obscure words or made up ones. It's also annoying that writing programs seem to think "grey" is incorrect. In any case, my preference is for a simple word processor with minimal features. Though I'd be interested in something that would make title pages and table of contents easier.
     
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    I've often thought just a binder application would be a neat thing, either in ncurses or a gui. Basically, a thing that you add filenames to. Editing would be done with whatever you wanted. When it's time to compile to an ebook, or docx or whatever, it would call pandoc with the files in the order they appear in the binder, using options fetched from a config file.

    One of these days I'm going to write that.
     
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    I'm starting to think that maybe "the best word processor" is like "the best camera"; it's the one you have with you when you need it.
     
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    One of my fountain pens and some decent paper. That and Word. :)
     
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    A happy day today - Mellel 5 is out with full docx and ePub support. I’ve just downloaded a copy so I don’t have a real evaluation yet. It looks nice, though, and I suspect will be as rock solid as Mellel has always been.

    I don’t like Word, and word users might not like Mellel, but it’s going to be nice to have bidirectional communication with the docx/open office world.

    That’s kept me from using Mellel, in fact. It’s got nice support for collaboration and document commenting and there’s a story points feature I want to explore. Now that my work will export to open formats, it may be where I do my work.

    I’ll still need my trusty trash can, of course. I’m not exactly publication quality yet.
     
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    I use a bunch of different things - Reedsy Book Editor is the thing I use to write the actual manuscript, because it's free and it gets the job done. I don't use Wavemaker to write, but it's a pretty good word processor, and Bibisco is a story writing/planning software that splits things into scenes and such like Scrivener, though it's not as detailed. It does have a good feature I like, that it has a "Reasons" category, that sort of forces you to make sure that the chapter actually matters to the story.
     

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