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What is the most popular software authors use for writing?
« on: March 13, 2016, 02:03:33 pm »
Hi everyone, just curious what software do authors here primarily use for writing?
« Last Edit: June 11, 2020, 08:27:23 pm by boh »

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #1 on: March 13, 2016, 02:14:08 pm »
    I work on a Mac, so it's Pages (cheap) or Vellum ($$$). Vellum does make pretty books.

    Sometimes I regret not being better acquainted with Word for possible print layout, but it gives me a headache.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #2 on: March 13, 2016, 02:15:08 pm »
    Scrivener.

    Love it. It's not perfect, but so far all the others I've tried still are playing catch up.
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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #3 on: March 13, 2016, 02:23:54 pm »
    I outline and write the first draft in Scrivener, then export to LibreOffice for edits. I send that to my proofreader and she works on it as a shared GoogleDoc, so I finish the final proof that way, then export to a Word.docx so that a friend can format it for me in Vellum.

    But the writing happens in Scrivener, so I answered Scrivener.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #4 on: March 13, 2016, 02:27:41 pm »
    Storyist on my Mac and iPad

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #5 on: March 13, 2016, 02:34:54 pm »
    Scrivener.

    Love it. It's not perfect, but so far all the others I've tried still are playing catch up.

    This. I use it for everything. Writing, I make my editors use it to keep everything in one place, compile all formats, etc. Definitely not perfect, but close enough that I don't care how awful the dictionary is.
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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #6 on: March 13, 2016, 02:35:23 pm »
    Some believe Scrivener is just distracting with features you will never even use, or is it actually helping you write your books faster.
    « Last Edit: March 13, 2016, 06:53:37 pm by boh »

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #7 on: March 13, 2016, 02:37:48 pm »
    Word 4 lyfe.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #8 on: March 13, 2016, 02:46:12 pm »
    Some believe Scrivener is just a distractionware with features you will never even use, or is it actually helping you write your books faster.
    I don't use all the features. But it has what I look for. If it has the kitchen sink with a chandelier, so what? Use the features you want and ignore the rest.
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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #9 on: March 13, 2016, 02:49:12 pm »
    I like to keep it super simple, so I just use Word.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #10 on: March 13, 2016, 03:07:21 pm »
    I just started the Scrivener trial. I love that I could put an entire folder's worth of parts, chapters, notes, more notes, maps, pictures and whatever else into a single program, having them all listed down one side, split screen writing panes, and whatever else I haven't found yet.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #11 on: March 13, 2016, 03:18:55 pm »
    I use Word to write, then I use Calibre to tweak a few things before a final epub.

                        
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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #12 on: March 13, 2016, 03:25:53 pm »
    I write in Word and format with Vellum

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #13 on: March 13, 2016, 03:28:00 pm »
    I've been using Scrivener since 2009. I'm so satisfied with it that I see no need to look at any other product. That's not to say that there aren't other excellent products on the market, but Scrivener is it for me.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #14 on: March 13, 2016, 03:37:19 pm »
    I like to keep it super simple, so I just use Word.
    What Katie said.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #15 on: March 13, 2016, 03:40:55 pm »
    Another Scrivener user here.

    I've been using it for 3 or 4 years now. I even started writing my uni essays in it when I went back a few years ago (the project targets screen was great for strict word count essays!).


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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #16 on: March 13, 2016, 04:43:07 pm »
    I work on a Mac, so it's Pages (cheap) or Vellum ($$$). Vellum does make pretty books.

    Sometimes I regret not being better acquainted with Word for possible print layout, but it gives me a headache.

    You know that you can do your print book with Pages, right?

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #17 on: March 13, 2016, 05:06:30 pm »
    I use Scrivener, but I often write out of order, and my outlines are more like an extensive synopsis, so it works for me. I'm still learning how to export an epub with it, and I never use the corkboard, or some of the other stuff in it, though I plan to add one new skill with each book.  ;)  For edits, though, I tend to work in Word, or at least send them out in Word. Then I can make the changes in Scriv and export as I want.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #18 on: March 13, 2016, 05:09:45 pm »
    I outline and write in google docs. This keeps everything in the cloud and lets me work from multiple devices.

    I run the work through grammarly and autocrit before sending it to the editor.

    When it's time to publish, I use LibreOffice to do the final formatting for ebooks and createspace. I just produce a docx file for amazon and a PDF for createspace.

    Nothing fancy on the formatting. Just the basics.
     

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #19 on: March 13, 2016, 05:15:01 pm »
    Scrivener for planning, writing and editing. Word for paperback formatting. Vellum for ebook formatting.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #20 on: March 13, 2016, 05:32:34 pm »
    Over 270 members voted over here:

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    Scrivener and Word won by a landslide.
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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #21 on: March 13, 2016, 05:34:02 pm »
    Scrivener here. If I am on my chromebook I use Google docs.

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #22 on: March 13, 2016, 06:01:30 pm »
    I cringed when I read this topic, because I probably write in the most complicated way possible. I start in scrivener, and when everything is pretty gelled I move to pages, and finally Vellum (love Vellum <3 )

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    Re: What software do you use to write your book?
    « Reply #23 on: March 13, 2016, 06:14:55 pm »
    Pages for drafts and Pressbooks.com for creating the digital files in .epub, mobi and pdf. Can't recommend Pressbooks highly enough!

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