Poll

What is the software that you use the most to write your book with?

Microsoft Word
LibreOffice/OpenOffice
Scrivener
Apple Pages
Google Docs
Markdown text editor
Other (Mobile app, transcribing, etc.)

Author Topic: Which software do you use for writing your book?  (Read 9625 times)  

Offline Paul B

  • Status: Dr. Seuss
  • *
  • Posts: 17
    • View Profile
Re: What software do you use to write your book?
« Reply #100 on: August 12, 2016, 10:22:54 PM »
I use MS OneNote to organize my notes, plot ideas, character info, settings, backstories, etc. Since I write historical fantasy, I use Excel for keeping track of my little changes to history.

I also use Excel for plotting stories (using Russel Blake's model). I usually have a lot of characters often working against each other, so this helps me keep straight who is backstabbing who.

My first draft is done on Write or Die, to keep the word count high.

Then those files go into Scrivener, where I work on drafts 2 through 5.


Offline boh

  • Status: Dr. Seuss
  • *
  • Posts: 9
    • View Profile
Re: What software do you use to write your book?
« Reply #101 on: March 06, 2018, 09:54:54 AM »
Any new software you guys are using for writing and formatting.

Offline It's A Mystery

  • Status: Jane Austen
  • ***
  • Posts: 350
  • Oxford
    • View Profile
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #102 on: March 06, 2018, 10:08:08 AM »
Ulysses is incredible. I love it.

Offline Mercia McMahon

  • Status: Dostoevsky
  • ******
  • Posts: 3622
  • Gender: Female
  • London
  • living in the Shadow of pulp speed
    • View Profile
    • Mercia McMahon
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #103 on: March 06, 2018, 10:13:47 AM »
I write in Vim. If you are going to do post-production in other software (Jutoh and Scribus/InDesign for me) then writing in plain text makes most sense, which is why most journalists got weaned off Word and were tolfd to write in Vim. For research I used to use OneNote, but switched hierarchical note-taker Cherrytree.


no longer writing political works (for work reasons)
Mercia McMahon | Author Site | Publishing Site | Pinterest

Offline Lynn Is A Pseudonym

  • Status: Jane Austen
  • ***
  • Posts: 287
  • Human.
    • View Profile
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #104 on: March 06, 2018, 12:20:22 PM »
I write in Vim. If you are going to do post-production in other software (Jutoh and Scribus/InDesign for me) then writing in plain text makes most sense, which is why most journalists got weaned off Word and were tolfd to write in Vim. For research I used to use OneNote, but switched hierarchical note-taker Cherrytree.

Oooh. I hadn't heard of Cherrytree. Nice. I use OneNote but can't really use it locally on my old Vista machine that's now running Lubuntu. This reminds me a lot of Treepad, especially talking about "nodes". Of course, all I do with that machine these days is save my writing backups over my network but it's nice to have access to all my stuff on all my machines. I might give it a more thorough look.

Offline DCRWrites

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 163
  • Gender: Male
  • Wentworth Hall, Tellus of Sol
  • A writer writes
    • View Profile
    • Welcome to Yesterday's Tomorrow
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #105 on: March 06, 2018, 12:30:22 PM »
I use Scrivener primarily (with Google Docs when I'm out on my phone), and then shift to Word for final polishing.

Welcome to the worlds outside my window
Dave Robinson | Blog | Twitter

Offline Acheknia

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 711
  • Gender: Female
  • UK
    • View Profile
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #106 on: March 06, 2018, 12:33:39 PM »
I use Word.  :)

Offline JosephSimmons

  • Status: Dr. Seuss
  • *
  • Posts: 9
  • Gender: Male
  • Maryland, USA
  • Author, comic creator.
    • View Profile
    • Joie Simmons-Books and Comics! Downloadable Comic Book Art Boards!
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #107 on: March 06, 2018, 12:39:40 PM »
Hi everyone, just curious what software do authors here mostly are using to write their book or blog.

Google Docs here.
Helps with my ADD to be able to pop open a story or outline anywhere and work on it.

Offline Rosie Scott

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 170
  • Gender: Female
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • War. War never changes.
    • View Profile
    • Rosie Scott's Website
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #108 on: March 06, 2018, 04:08:39 PM »
I use Open Office because it's my favorite document processor and I'm cheap.  ::)

I also quite enjoy formatting everything myself, and I'm old school and tend to write notes by hand and draw out battle tactics on paper rather than on my computer. I don't need all the extra features that many pieces of software have attached.

Dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy. Writer of bloody warfare & witty banter. Provoker of questions.
Rosie Scott | Website | Release Mailing List

Offline Pat Pflieger

  • Status: Dr. Seuss
  • *
  • Posts: 37
  • United States
    • View Profile
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #109 on: March 06, 2018, 07:48:25 PM »
I often use Scrivener to organize scenes (and I occasionally use Liquid Story Binder, when I want to put all the research notes in one place.  LSB is so flexible that it's a little complicated and intimidating, and it isn't being updated, so I don't recommend the program).  I like Scrivener's little note cards that I can move around.  But I find all the icons, etc., distracting, so for the actual writing, I use FocusWriter.  It's free, it's basic, it gives me a blank screen, and it saves the work in a variety of formats.

Since I hand-code my ebooks, for that I use Notepad++.
Lions of the West: 50%

Child of the Middle Waters: 50%
Pat Pflieger | blog | web site

Offline Alan Petersen

  • Status: Dostoevsky
  • ******
  • Posts: 3476
  • Gender: Male
  • San Francisco, CA
  • I write high octane thrillers.
    • View Profile
    • High Octane Action Thrillers from Alan Petersen
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #110 on: March 06, 2018, 11:30:17 PM »
Any new software you guys are using for writing and formatting.
No. Still using Scrivener to write and Vellum to format.


Alan Petersen | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter | Podcast

Offline SaraConklin

  • Status: Dr. Seuss
  • *
  • Posts: 14
  • Gender: Female
  • Maryland
    • View Profile
    • SaraConklinWrites
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #111 on: March 10, 2018, 06:39:31 AM »
I use a combination of pages, since I have a MacBook, and scrivener. I do all of my planning and story bibles in pages. The main writing is done in scrivener.

Offline KelliWolfe

  • Status: Arthur C Clarke
  • *****
  • Posts: 2324
    • View Profile
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #112 on: March 10, 2018, 07:21:20 AM »
Scrivener for project managment (outline, scene organization, notes, etc.) and Word for the actual writing part.

Olivia Blake | Lessons in Love

Offline rdperry57

  • Status: Madeleine L'Engle
  • **
  • Posts: 53
  • Gender: Male
  • Livingston, Texas
    • View Profile
    • Rick Perry - Author Page
Re: What software do you use to write your book?
« Reply #113 on: March 10, 2018, 08:12:29 AM »
I use Word to write, then I use Calibre to tweak a few things before a final epub.

Me, too.

Rick Perry | Rick Perry's Blog

Offline okey dokey

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 115
    • View Profile
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #114 on: March 10, 2018, 05:35:34 PM »
Scrivener because it's easy to move scenes and chapters around. Also keeps research notes together.
Google Docs for my Android tablets when I'm on the moved. Can email work back to main laptop.

For paperbacks, I've returned to PageMaker 6.5. which is no longer being made. I had to buy an old laptop (I think with Windows XP to use it again.
PageMaker is king for formatting, especially with page numbering and photos.
Used it for a travel guide with over 70 photos. Went together quickly because I would custom size photos and put them anywhere on a page instead of just centered.

Have just rediscovered Word Perfect, which is still being produced. Using the free trial period to test it's features.

So for now, it's Scrivener, Google Docs and PageMaker.

Offline BGArcher

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 124
    • View Profile
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #115 on: March 10, 2018, 06:42:17 PM »
I've got a good workflow these days. I write everything in Scrivener 3.0 and Dragon. I have both programs on my iMac and my laptop, and my iPad and iPhone. I dictate now 90% of my work, which is an adjustment but I'm really seeing gains from it, in terms of word count.

Once a novel or short story is written, I edit it once in Scrivener, throw it over to Word, and read it over and edit it again. Lastly, it gets edited again in Prowriting Aid, and then is sent off to readers and my proof readers. Lastly, I use Vellum to format the books, and publish. Vellum and dropbox intergration with Scrivener with Dragon Anywhere is one of the many reasons I'll stay in Apple's ecosystem.

Offline jvin248

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 956
    • View Profile
    • J Gordon Smith - Official Author Weblog
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #116 on: March 10, 2018, 08:13:34 PM »
.

Outline in Xmind
Write all the words in LibreOffice
Use LibreOffice to output ebook for Amazon and pdf for Createspace

.
       

Offline solo

  • Status: Jane Austen
  • ***
  • Posts: 256
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #117 on: March 10, 2018, 10:08:48 PM »
Word. Then Pressbooks for formatting. Both simple software.

Offline Victoria LK

  • Status: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ****
  • Posts: 900
  • Gender: Female
  • Vero Beach, FL
  • a good book has no true ending, just possibilities
    • View Profile
    • Victoria LK Williams
Re: What software do you use to write your book?
« Reply #118 on: March 11, 2018, 08:17:05 PM »
Novel Factory and Scrivener.

I'm starting this way with my next book. Oh, and I use Storyshop to create simple series bibles.

Offline Simon Haynes

  • Status: Scheherazade
  • *****
  • Posts: 1648
  • Gender: Male
  • Perth, Australia
  • Born in the UK, raised in Spain, now Australian
    • View Profile
    • Home page
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #119 on: March 11, 2018, 08:21:51 PM »
yWriter, but no surprise there.


Also yWriter novel writing software & SalesScanner, a free KDP/Google/Smashwords/Createspace sales analyser for PC.

Offline Simon Haynes

  • Status: Scheherazade
  • *****
  • Posts: 1648
  • Gender: Male
  • Perth, Australia
  • Born in the UK, raised in Spain, now Australian
    • View Profile
    • Home page
Re: What software do you use to write your book?
« Reply #120 on: March 11, 2018, 08:24:33 PM »
I use yWriter* by Spacejock Software for the first draft, then pull it into MS Word for editing/revisions. I do final e-book layout in Word, but I do my print layout in InDesign. If they ever get the Kindle plug-in working for InDesign CC, I'll use that for e-book layout, too.

* It's similar to Scrivener from what I understand, but yWriter is free.


Not sure if you know, but I recently added epub and mobi export into the yWriter Beta version. (I tend to keep yWriter stuff to the google group/FB, I don't post about it on kboards.)


Also yWriter novel writing software & SalesScanner, a free KDP/Google/Smashwords/Createspace sales analyser for PC.

Offline DCRWrites

  • Status: Lewis Carroll
  • **
  • Posts: 163
  • Gender: Male
  • Wentworth Hall, Tellus of Sol
  • A writer writes
    • View Profile
    • Welcome to Yesterday's Tomorrow
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #121 on: March 11, 2018, 09:04:03 PM »
yWriter, but no surprise there.


Although I no longer use it I've written a couple of novels in yWriter and thought it was really great. The only thing keeping me from using it now is that it's not as useful cross-platform as I'd like. It was fantastic when I wrote on a single Windows computer, but now that I can use two Windows machines, an iPad, and a Mac all in the same day I've had to move away from it. :(

Welcome to the worlds outside my window
Dave Robinson | Blog | Twitter

Offline Simon Haynes

  • Status: Scheherazade
  • *****
  • Posts: 1648
  • Gender: Male
  • Perth, Australia
  • Born in the UK, raised in Spain, now Australian
    • View Profile
    • Home page
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #122 on: March 11, 2018, 09:45:03 PM »
Ios and android versions are available, but MacOS requires rewriting most of it from scratch.


Also yWriter novel writing software & SalesScanner, a free KDP/Google/Smashwords/Createspace sales analyser for PC.

Offline dunkleosteus

  • Status: Dr. Seuss
  • *
  • Posts: 39
  • Gender: Male
  • Denver, Colorado
    • View Profile
Re: What software do you use to write your book?
« Reply #123 on: March 12, 2018, 08:45:14 AM »
It seems slight majority here prefer to use Scrivener, especially for longer writing projects.
Has there been any problems with Scrivener, like did it ever crash on you in the midst of your work.

I've been using Scrivener 5 to 7 days a week for 8 years and haven't had it corrupt a file once.

Because I keep multiple drafts in a single project file, and all my projects contain graphics in the notes as well as many snapshots of the text documents themselves, my Scrivener document files are sometimes up to 50mb in size. My "clean track record" with Scrivener includes upgrading these document files from v1 to v2 to v3. In short, I have had exactly zero trouble with loss of data.

I believe the application may have crashed once or twice in all that time, but as I recall, those were OS problems, not application issues. In my experience, Scrivener is an extremely stable application and I will repeat that I have never lost so much as a byte of data as a result of it doing something unexpected.

Now, I have lost data due to stupid things I did -- basically machine-gunning cuts-and-pastes without paying attention to Scrivener's auto-save interval -- but that only happened once, and as I say, it was 100% my fault, (and I recovered in less than two minutes by using Apple's Time Machine feature).

I give Scrivener a 10 out of 10 for stability.

Offline ellenoc

  • Status: Dostoevsky
  • ******
  • Posts: 3846
  • Gender: Female
  • Colorado
  • Mystery and romance
    • View Profile
    • Ellen O'Connell
Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« Reply #124 on: March 12, 2018, 01:48:47 PM »
I have used Scrivener for 6 years and like dunkleosteus have never lost anything. However, from what I sometimes see in the L&L forums, I think anyone starting out with Scriv ought to at least be sure they know where their project is saved and where backups are going (and that they aren't going to the same place the project is stored), what cloud services they should not rely on, etc. It's amazing how many people don't know those things.

Also, my usage is very straightforward, one machine. I have recently transferred my Windows 1.9.7 projects to Mac 3.01 but don't bounce back and forth, don't use the iOS program or Dropbox.