Re: What program do you use to write?

#42
I'm quite new here, so it's somewhat reassuring to read that I'm not the only one using Google docs. As has already been said, switching between laptop, desktop and mobile, which I do quite a lot,is effortless.

I do use grammarly in conjunction to avoid doing any silly mistake.

For the novel I'm currently publishing I just use docs and Google spreadsheets. This last one to tracks the different stats and their progression.

However, I'm writing a much more complex novel, with quite a few connections and turns. For that, I also use draw.io

It is really useful to draw flow charts, which I lay horizontally and use as a timeline. I can pinpoint when a skill will be learnt, where the MC will meet an important character, etc. Plus it makes it easy to keep track of everything, a simple zoom out and I see all the important pieces highlighted in a stronger border width and color.

Re: What program do you use to write?

#43
I use Google Docs. I used to write exclusively with paper back in ye olden days when I was a youngster, then retype it to MS Word. Definitely increased my typing speed and touch typing skills that way! After losing at least 10 stories and the notes for many more in a harddrive catastrophe, I've learned to enjoy Docs. It's also nice for my project since I have a co-author/editor - we can work on document simultaneously and not worry about comparing versions. Mobile access is a huge plus as well!

Re: What program do you use to write?

#46
LibreOffice - I like the flexibility, plus it's free, and it can do pretty much anything MS Office can (at least, anything I'm aware of).

I create a spreadsheet file for each project with tabs for various notes - character list, places, chapters, timeline, whatever I need for that one - so it's all in one place and easy to find.

I'm obsessive about making backups on both thumb drives and cloud storage, because I've previously lost data both ways.

Old system, which I often miss, was to use pen and paper and then the typed version became a second draft. Because I never throw away anything I've written, that actually turned into an issue as far as storage space. Also, it was a royal nuisance if I realized that I should have done something very different 30 pages back that changes everything from there on. It did, however, draw a clear line: when writing longhand, I could just let the story flow. Once I was at the computer, it was time to get serious.