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Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Bruce McKnight, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Sept Coleur notebooks hold the chewy mess that is my first-draft-but-also-writing-journal. I've tried a score of notebooks, but this brand has the right combination: paper that takes my fountain pens and doesn't smear, spiral binding that lays perfectly flat, reasonable price, and comes in colors! (they're like a rainbow)

    Out of the chewy mess I extract and edit into Scrivener. Eventually Scrivener holds the real writing.

    I use LibreOffice for pretty much all other kinds of writing. Notepad++ for html editing.
     
  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    I write first drafts by hand, also with fountain pen. I transcribe into Scrivener or Highland 2 and do a first round of edits at the same time.
     
  3. Insolent Lad

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    Notepad++ has been my go-to for notes and research for some time. Just enough editing capabilities to fill that role for me.
     
  4. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Auror

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    My work flow has altered. I now do 100% of my writing and early editing in Scrivener on an iPad Pro before moving to the Mac desktop for final edits and formatting. I no longer trust anything to do with clouds. The damned things rain. Once there, I work in Vellum and InDesign for digital and physical layouts, respectively. Finally have the work flow down pat and damned near risk free... knock on wood.
     
  5. v_legolas_gleaf

    v_legolas_gleaf Scribe

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    I'm curious. How is your experience with Manuskript? Is it as good as Scrivener? Or better? I know Manuskript is free and open source but does it have all the necessary features to write a novel?
     
  6. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast Acolyte

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    It’s good enough for me but I’ve never used Scrivener so it’s possible I’m just living in ignorance. I can say it’s a definite upgrade from a word processor. As it’s open source it wouldn’t cost you anything but time to try if you were interested.
     
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  7. v_legolas_gleaf

    v_legolas_gleaf Scribe

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    Awesome! Will definitely give it a try.

    I see you're a fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy? :geek:
     
  8. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast Acolyte

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    I’d be interested to know how you feel it compares to Scrivener once you’ve tried it.

    ...and yes. What else could a world builder who loves HHG2G call themselves? ;)
     
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  9. v_legolas_gleaf

    v_legolas_gleaf Scribe

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    (y):LOL:
     
  10. oenanthe

    oenanthe Minstrel

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    I write my first draft in scrivener, immediately backing up my work in google documents.
     
  11. thatguy

    thatguy Acolyte

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    OneNote is nice for me, though i wish it had live word count
     
  12. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Staff Leadership

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    I write on a Skytech Archangel gaming desktop named Morningstar on a desk that looks like a tornado hit it. I work in Word and OneNote, which is a remarkably versatile program for keeping things organized, especially if you're collaborating, which we do. I wouldn't use OneNote for actual writing, since printing and formatting 20190914_141530.jpg from it isn't graceful.
     
  13. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    rest assured, your work area is tidy compared to mine.
     
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  14. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    After multiple laptops breaking on me, I'm now on a cheap chromebook laptop, which I'd never buy again. It's small and doesn't do well with anything that's not loaded into your browser. I now do my worldbuilding on google docs, then move it to word when I get the chance on my HP desktop. It's not a great system, but it works well enough, because I often pile a lot of garbage into my google docs notes, then need to clean it all up anyways. Most of my notes are kept in a three-column word document which is great when I need to think things through over a printed document. I love OneNote for its organized layout, but I've stopped using it for one big reason: It doesn't print well. If the pages you actually write in were in a print layout, that would be ideal (now I'm wondering if there's a setting for that and I didn't realize...).

    I've got an old wobbly desk. My monitor is raised on politics books I decided never to read. To my right there's a pile of legos that I intend to build into my own set, whenever I get the freedom to work on it. To my left is a pile of junk and papers. In the middle it's clean with two glass coasters, a deck of cards, and a personal prayer I have standing up below the monitor.
     
  15. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Staff Leadership

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    Will OneNote print? I've actually never tried. If I need to print what I have in OneNote, I normally copy and paste to Word. :p
     
  16. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    There is of course a print option, but it's like printing in Excel. Everything gets a little warped and sloppy.
     
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  17. Heliotrope

    Heliotrope Staff Article Team

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    MacBook something.....? I like Word and One Note and paper notebooks. Like, the old fashioned spiral bound. When I'm working on a project I carry my spiral bound around with me in my purse, and I have another under my bed. All my drafting, ideas, planning (I'm not a linear thinking at all. My stories don't come to me lineally. So I do a lot of brainstorming with pen and paper). All writing in Word, all organizing data in One Note.
     
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  18. CelestialGrace

    CelestialGrace Dreamer

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    The bulk of it is written on my computer - but i write on whatever i have on hand. Notebooks, phone notes, gum wrapper. It's a wonderfully chaotic system.
     
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  19. Danskin

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    Exactly the same! (except I used Word rather than Pages). Scrivener is amazing, I loved it even before I discovered the word count targets and writing history functions, and now I love it even more! The macbook is very light and easy to carry around – I write a lot on the train and in cafes etc.

    But when I am writing at home, I usually 'dock' my macbook and use a bigger, better keyboard and a big screen. Because the keyboard on the macbook does suck a bit.
     
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