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I'm also a big FOSS supporter, and I detest using Microsoft products for many reasons. That said, here's a fairly hardnosed take on the subject, from Charles Stross, a very successful author and sound thinker - who is also a FOSS advocate: Why Microsoft Word Must Die MS made what seems like an intensely stupid engineering decision about visual ...


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It would be hard to answer this question without being an agent or an editor. I'm sure each individual agent, editor, and publisher has his or her own criteria in evaluating a manuscript and considering either taking on the writer as a client or publishing the manuscript. Regardless of the individual's personal criteria or preferences, the one common thread ...


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I use git for fiction. Sometimes I'll save versions at various milestones, such as when I finish a chapter). But more often I forget, and save a version only when I finish a draft. Some other times that I save versions: Before and after I apply my editor's edits. When I finish creating a book cover, book interior file, or epub file. Whenever I want to try ...


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You haven't specified any preferences for format (source or output), and that's going to be relevant. If it's up to you, for your source I recommend a text (not binary-format) markup language -- HTML, XML, LaTeX, or similar. A text source works well with source control, works with grep/find/search, and supports meaningful diff. All of these (assuming a ...


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There is a great free novel writing tool available, it's called yWriter and it can be downloaded from spacejock.com. It's not an online tool but it if you need it on the go it can be run from a usb pen drive. The only free and online tools I can think of are litlift which is at litlift.com and Hiveword from hiveword.com and Inklewriter which is at ...


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Here are two examples of how "e.g." has been used in scientific articles: In the first passage the authors explain who they excluded from their study. "e.g." is used to give examples of medication. Exclusion criteria included psychiatric or neurological conditions that could be associated with secondary bruxism, use of medications that may have an ...


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When looking for tools like these, future-compatibility is a very big issue. First off, try to avoid any tools that have their own proprietary format and can't be edited using any other tool (look what happened to many 80s document files which were written using their own editors and the editors suddenly just vanished). Microsoft Office is also one such ...


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After reading the question and answer that Joel Bosveld linked to in his comment, I installed Git to do version control of the novel I was writing. If find the idea of version control intriguing, because I often rewrite parts of my fiction only to realize that a previous version contained some great phrases that I'd like to reuse but can not remember and ...


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It depends, but probably you want the distributed approach where the chapter on X tells you everything you need to know about X, even if some of that is only relevant if you're using feature Y. However, if Y is a corner case or involves a lot of changes to several other features, you might be better off collecting everything about Y in one place and linking ...


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A common text editor/publishing platform within the (academic) computer scoience community is Latex.


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That very much depends on what you need to write with. If you need the likes of Scrivener then you are going to have some issues working efficiently on a Chromebook (I'm not sure what Chrome apps there are) However, if you can adapt your writing style to what you have available you will find that there are many tools available. Personally I have found ...


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Grammarly - It is web based, but also has browser and Word plugins. It will check all manner of grammar errors


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The CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE recommends excluding them except in situations where it is legally required (e g., paid, competitive advertising or if you work for the company).


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Plotist is not exactly what you are looking for, but it's worth having a look. It's a timeline application aimed at writers, where you can create your notes about characters and locations and use them to create a timeline. I'm the main developer and it's currently under development, but we are already sending invitations to try it.


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We are currently working on Plotist, a timeline software created for writers. Right now it's invitation-only but we are sending invitations out every week. The main feature is that it connects notes and visualization, so you can check and edit your notes while building the timeline.


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How do your users read and use the manual? If they use it as a textbook, where 95% of the readers start at the beginning and progress through to the end in linear fashion, then put all the new information into one chapter at the end. If they use it as a reference book, so chapters are read out of order, individually, or not even in total because the person ...


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You might also want to have a look at New Novelist (http://www.newnovelist.com/). The software is set up to help you separate locations, characters etc. and also to pace your story according to the type of story it is.


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By no means is it super intense, but Scapple is a very streamlined graphing/charting/mind mapping application. IMO faster to use than anything similar. As a bonus it's by the developers of Scrivener so there's some compatibility there. http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php


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I start my documents as "NameOfDocument 000.doc" (or similar, depends on software being used.) Every time I start a writing/editing session on the document, I do a "Save As" and increment the number, before doing anything else. I find the Undo/Redo commands to be sufficient within a session. Exception: If I'm about to perform major surgery, e.g., ...


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I think git is a bit overkill, because you have to remember to commit it all the time it does not just happen like after a save. Options that I can think of Google Docs it has a Revision History view Microsoft word has Track Changes (I don't know much but one site I found ...



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