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Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Varamyrr, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Varamyrr

    Varamyrr Minstrel

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    Greetings,

    I was wondering, pure out of curiousity, what tools you guys are using for writing, brainstorming, worldbuilding,...
    Personally I running with the current configuration:

    Scrivener: Actual Writing
    Excel: cool stuff-file
    Aeon Timeline: making sure all my events happen at the right time(outlining based on dates)
    Mindmap: outlining thoughts + storylines
    Photoshop: making the map
    & all of that is running on my Macbook

    Kr,
    Varamyrr
     
  2. Ireth

    Ireth Myth Weaver

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    OpenOffice Writer - various documents pertaining to my writing (stories, worldbuilding notes, timelines, etc.)
    Good ol' pencil and paper - for when I am away from my computer and inspiration strikes
    My brain - for holding ideas when neither my laptop or pencil+paper are at hand (XD)
     
  3. J. S. Elliot

    J. S. Elliot Inkling

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    Well, I don't have a lot of tools at my disposal, but:

    Microsoft Word 2000 - Writing, outlining, world building, etc.
    OmmWriter - Rough draft, because it lacks distractions.
    MS Paint - Mapping
    Pen(cil) and paper - Bestiary sketches, or writing down ideas as they come.
     
  4. Word for writing, One Note for keeping track of notes, I have been playing with Liquid Story Binder a bit for the timeline stuff, and some of the other cool toys.
     
  5. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    Word, OneNote, and a little bit of Excel.

    The one map I have, I drew it with colored pencils and scanned it - actually, I scanned it in multiple phases so it would be easy to print it, change something, and scan it again.
     
  6. SeverinR

    SeverinR Vala

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    MS 2007/10 (Depending on work or home)-world building, character list, beastiary, and each book itself.
    Paint-mapping towns
    I foget the terrain mapper program.
    Excell-once, (forget what for.)

    I use MS word alot. I have an Encyclopedia for my world. I have seperated the volumes though, ten pages of table of contents kind of slows down finding the item your looking for.
    Magic, beastiary, character compilation, World history.
    I did Onenote before, but when computer crashed, I pulled information from a flashdrive and it was saved as a mass of works, rather then saved in Onenote form.
     
  7. Bear

    Bear Minstrel

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    iMac
    Word 2011
    imagination
    dictionary
    thesaurus
     
  8. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    I thought the point of Scrivener was that you didn't need all that other junk. Except for map-making software if you want maps, I suppose.
     
  9. Penpilot

    Penpilot Staff Article Team

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    I use Scrivener for most of my writing. I use Excell to do the initial basic plotting. Manipulating the tables there are easer than in Scrivener, and it's a format that's easer to transport from machine to machine. But once I've got most of it down, I put it all into scrivener and that's what I work with.

    I use wikipad to keep all my ideas, but once I begin to write out an idea, I copy and past into a scrivener project.
     
  10. Lawfire

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    I prefer WordPerfect.
     
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