What is your personal preference for Writing Software, and why?

Posted: January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’ve been looking for some sort of software to help me write and organize at the same time, but I’ve not been having a whole lot of luck.  So, I’m asking my friends out there just what they prefer to use.  Let me explain why…

I’m an old guy.  I don’t have the best eye sight in the world and my attention span is certainly not what it used to be.  When you add to that my disability requires me to take pain pills that hurt my attention span and memory, you’ll get a general idea of what I fight with when it comes to software.  I DON’T HAVE THE PATIENCE TO LEARN HOW TO USE IT!!!

So far, I’ve tried the online word processors like Zoho.com and Google.com.  I’ve also used Microsoft Word and Works.  In 2010 though, I actually won Nanowrimo.  That entitled me to a 50% off coupon for Scrivener for Windows, a writing software that had previously only been released on the Mac format.  I waited and waited and never really got the cash together to buy it, and then my Aunt (who is WONDERFUL) bought it for me for Christmas in 2011, almost a full year later.  By that time, it was out of beta test and a bunch of bugs had been worked out of it.  I was a very happy boy!

THEN I tried to use it.  Wow…talk about a bunch of unfamiliar things!  I tried to watch the tutorials and absorb the information therein, to no avail.  I tried winging it, again to no avail.    Obviously, this wasn’t going to work out for me.  I want something that will allow me to write and coalate (sp?) chapters, and offer me tools for outlining as well.  Scrivener claims to offer that, but heck, I can’t figure it out!  So now, here I am…

What software do you folks use that you just wouldn’t be able to function without.  Is it free and if not how much does it cost?  WHY do you like your preferred software?  What software do you consider annoying or too difficult to work with?  Please be brutally honest and don’t hold anything back!  I don’t think any of the manufacturers are going to be perusing my blog…and if they are, they need the feedback!

Thanks in advance!

  1. rockyfort says:

    I just use Word. My books right now are mainly seat of the pants type books, so I keep thoughts, ideas, outlines etc. in one file and the writing in another. I know I need to do more, but… Maybe this would be a good topic for South Texas Scribes with demos and everything. I’ve downloaded a few different ones, but, like you, didn’t want to take the time to learn them.

  2. blondmyk says:

    It’s good to know that I’m not alone! To be honest, I almost feel like I’m not committed enough because I cannot even decide upon a format to use. Anyone else not willing to try other things? Anyone find anything that works good for them? Please…You could be helping out an old timer who really needs the help!

  3. David Carpenter says:

    I had a similar problem when I switched from Word 2003 to Word 2010. I think it’s because I reach for the familiar and it’s not there. My experience is that it’s best to learn software when it doesn’t count, i.e. when I’m not using it for a real project.

  4. blondmyk says:

    I’ve been going through the tutorial of Scrivener again, and I’m starting to understand how it works. If I can make it work for me, it will be wonderful. My fear is that I’ll get going and slowly the memory of what to do will fail, causing me to have to go over the tutorials again for the 7th or 8th time. And then again in a few months again….and so on.

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