RTW: The Method of Scribing

This Week’s Topic is: 

What word processing program do you use to write your manuscript, and can you share one handy trick you’ve learned in that program that has helped you while you write?

I just did a whole post about this topic last week for my blog. You can read the long version over here but in a nutshell:

As a Linux user, I’ve used OpenOffice and then LibreOffice most extensively. I wrote, edited and published two books using the basics of Word. It’s simple and the ctrl+f and replace functions are certainly handy when searching for undesirable words, specific characters, replacing town names etc. But Word is limiting in that I had to have multiple documents open (storyboard, outline, character sheets, edits doc etc.) while writing which caused switching between tabs rather frustrating.

I tried Liquid Story Binder briefly but wasn’t terribly impressed with the GUI or performance of the program. This might have been because I ran it in WINE and that in itself causes all sorts of problems.

A week ago I tried out yWriter and couldn’t get it to work. After hearing many good things about Scrivener, I discovered they have a free Linux beta version. I downloaded and started using that with my WiP. I managed to import my current work and all additional documents. The best part about using Scrivener is having ALL my documents related to my story in one place. Despite what many have said, I found Scrivener user friendly and easy to get the hang of after doing the tutorial.

I don’t think I’ll be going back to Word after using Scrivener.

What programme do you use to write and why?

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  • Natasha M. Heck

    Yay! Another Scrivener user! So glad that they have Linux and PC versions. I tried the others out, as well, and they don’t compare. I think Word is a nice standard to have, but Scrivener definitely has it down when it comes to organization and tools that writers need.

    Was there a feature that surprised you?

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Surprised me? Not really. I like all the features and find them very useful. I like being able to set a session target 🙂

  • Beck

    One of my CPs uses scrivener and has been trying to convert me… without luck so far.
    Maybe I should give it a try?

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Try it. Might not be for you but you won’t lose anything by trying it out.

  • Oooh, I’m glad you wrote about scrivener. I’m currently using word. Mostly because it’s there and easy. I also think it’s standard. But I’m definitely curious about Scrivener.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      It’s definitely worth exploring.

  • Paperback Writer

    Hi, I’m trying to get LSB working with WINE as well, it worked after I installed it last night, but the screen would flicker when I typed each letter. Than I was ready to register my copy and sync it with dropbox today but alas it failed to load. It gives me a runtime error 216.

    I do have a license for Scrivener for MAC and I hope I can use it on the Linux version, because I don’t have a MAC anymore and I can’t afford a second license.

    I was hoping to stick with either one and work from my desktop and laptop from the same Dropbox folder, but Scrivener does not allow the MAC license to be transferred to the PC version.

    I’m so dissapointed, if I had the money I would buy a second copy of Windows 7 for my laptop as well, and that would solve the problem. But I’m dissabled so I’m on a really tight budget.

    • Xaniver

      Yeah LSB never really worked properly for me and alas, despite lovely Scrivener, when it came time to compile my chapters, it failed miserably. I ended up with 600 pages, one sentence on each page! Ridiculous and I couldn’t find help with this in the forums. Might try Scrivener for Linux again after I upgrade.

      For now LibreOffice word is doing just fine. It’s reliable, at least.