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I use paper and a pencil. Paper is extremely flexible. You can: cut out sections and re-arrange them in any way you want (even stack them) have an infinite canvas (as large as your living-room floor) see everything you wrote at the same time and therefore better grasp and play with it in your mind than when only a small section of your work is visible on ...


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Let's break down your illustrative sentence: Users can delete Servers This statement describes a capability -- users can perform this action. I'm hard-pressed to imagine how a different tense could be used here. Some technical writers (or style guides) make this overly passive -- "the system supports user deletion of servers" or some such. Speaking ...


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Why do films need master copies? Because playing a movie, or even copying it, involves the film (i.e. the physical celluloid strip) to be dragged through a machine, and this handling causes abrasion, scratches, and with time destroys the film. So instead of copying the original film a thousand times for all the cinemas out there and in this process ...


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Allow me to introduce you to Scrivener. Scrivener is a word processor which allows you to create unlimited documents within a single project, and see all your documents in a nice document tree in a side pane. You can create folders and subfolders, drag items around from here to there, link documents within the project, tag documents for easy searching, and ...


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A standard manuscript page has about 250 words on average. Standard manuscript format is this (or a minor variation): 8.5" x 11" 1" margins top and bottom, left and right. 12 point Courier font. Double spaced. If you have significantly more or fewer than that on average, your document is likely not formatted in the standard manuscript form. Here are a ...


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LaTeX for writing books - especially for writing scientific books, with equations or technical drawings - is what HTML is to writing webpages. It's a metalanguage which will get your formatting right, it allows you to write complex equations fluently, moving sections of text will not make the whole thing collapse terribly, and while for things like an essay ...


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For layout: Scribe is a free open source page layout program. For typesetting: you can use LaTex to typeset your book. For writing: I would recommend Scrivener. If you need a free program, use LibreOffice or Openoffice. Do you have $5? Lots of artists and cover designers advertise on fiverr.com. Many offer high quality work. If you want to get your text ...


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Allow me to introduce you to Scrivener. Scrivener is a word processor which allows you to create unlimited documents within a single project, and organize them into folders. You can have each book project as a folder, and within a book folder have multiple subfolders. You can see all your documents in a nice document tree in a side pane. You can drag ...


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This is an old thread, but maybe this contribution will still be helpful: I've written several books using emacs, and am also the author of the Woodnotes Guide for Emacs for Writers (not Coders) 1 and produced a cheatsheet 2 of commands and settings I find useful. Both are totally free/Creative Commons licensed. If you're curious, on the same site you'll ...


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I love Scrivener for this kind of thing. You can put each thought onto an individual page, and then drag them around as you see fit. It even has a virtual corkboard screen so you can see many individual notes at a glance.


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Using LaTeX is unlikely to enhance your writing (or to detract either, as long as you start out with a complete and properly-formatted example LaTeX file and merely add your paragraphs separated by two linefeeds). Generally the LaTeX process should have little effect on the writing quality, but if you aren't familiar with LaTeX commands you may initially ...


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The number one rule is always to ask your publisher what file types they can handle. If you self-publish, ask your printer. Many publishers expect one file per chapter. This will also reduce the individual file size and make it easier to handle for you on your system. If you self-publish, you might want to get a decent desktop publishing software such as ...


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I believe you need a nonbreaking hyphen. It'll keep the characters before and after it from breaking across lines. From Butterick's Practical Typography: Your word proces­sor as­sumes that any hy­phen marks a safe place to flow the text onto a new line or page. Sim­i­lar to the non­break­ing space, the non­break­ing hy­phen looks iden­ti­cal to a ...


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Professional typesetters usually use Adobe InDesign. I write novels in a program called Scrivener. I normally export from Scrivener directly into MOBI and EPUB (for ebooks), which is supported by Scrivener. For my print books, I would normally export from Scrivener into Microsoft Word, and then give the Word file to my designer, who would use InDesign. ...


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As a student, you will be faced with not only storing your own writings, but storing other information (articles you read, graphics, web links) as well – and in a meaningful way that allows you to later find what you know that you already know but can't quite remember. Many academics use information management solutions (see also: Personal Knowledge Base) ...


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Since we never put anything out on a public server, aka Cloud, I don't know if Trelby is what you need or not. On the bright side, it's FREE, so no harm in taking a look to see. I've never heard of Plotbot, but have used Celtx. The number one screenwriting software is Final Draft. It is expensive, crashes often, and not universal among platforms. For this ...


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How about Powerpoint (or similar)? Advantage over word-processors is you have "slides" that you can move about. Slides can contain pictures or text. You can label each slide with a large label. Then you can look at a bunch of slides in "slide view" and rearrange them. Disadvantage is that this only has two levels of organization. [i.e., You can ...


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LaTeX is a fantastic piece of software. I do all my text writing in it - papers, letters, etc. People are known to get totally addicted to it. Wander over to tex.stackexchange.com, and you'll find lots of such people there. There is some overhead involved in learning it. However, this overhead is mostly caused by things like graphics and mathematics. A ...


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Sounds like Scrivener might work nicely for you. You write your pieces in text, you can add graphics, you can view your pieces either in a list or as graphics which you can tag, and you can organize your individual pieces in folders. You can download a fully-operational demo and use it for 30 days. Search for Scrivener on this site to see other discussions ...


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Google Drive / Google Docs Google Drive and Google Docs work together perfectly for what you are looking for. If you sign up for a Google account you get 15GB of free storage and you can use Drive just like a File Explorer. 15 GB of Space - Free Next, you just create your Google documents, write up your articles and then later when you want to find all ...


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I needed a tool that worked on my iPad, iPhone as well as on my Mac, and not having experience with Scrivener, I used Storyist. I wrote a quick review here While it is likely not as polished as Scrivener, I really needed universal access, and it synching with drop box was a key feature for me. Here are the highlights of the points from my experience with ...


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Sadly I've been relying on Yahoo notepad which is free but terrible and I've been looking to upgrade. I think in my case the solution is Microsoft OneNote Online. It is completely free and it is hosted online so I can access it from any of my devices which is great when I'm 'on the go'. It has the ability to create sections and pages which can organize ...


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Well, in my case, fandom magazine, we decided to put the final layouting inside Scribus which is open source and available for all operating systems. For documents sharing, we use Facebook closed group, becase it offers: Document upload (for writing texts we use either Libre Office or MS Ofice) Discussion for every document version And of course, document ...


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If your needs are basic: 1) low cost 2) collection of documents 3) links between them Then it sounds like simple HTML files could do the trick. But if you want more, you could consider storing documents in something like Google Docs. You can add links to other Google docs within a document and Google Docs keeps track of revisions made. It also has basic ...


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Apples own Numbers app is what you looking for, it's excel injected with desktop publishing steroids. Else there is omnioutliner one of the best there is for this exact requirement...


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Most publishers use InDesign for the text block and Photoshop for the cover, and there are a variety of these files stored on the relevant staff members' computers. The closest you get to the "master copy" would be the most recent version of the work provided by the writer that has been through the editing process and contains the most up-to-date edits ...


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Click the button next to "Ids" in the middle column of the "Edit Metadata" dialog:


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You can search for a particular UTF glylph by entering its decimal representation after a carret and a u in the "find" box, when "use wildcards" is not checked. So, if you want to find U+2018 (the left single quotation mark), you need to first convert the Hexadecimal number 2018 to its decimal equivalent of 8216, and then enter ^u8216 in the "Find" box. ...


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You can search based on ASCII char codes. ASCII for single quote will be 39 So you search for single quote as ^039


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I would rewrite that sentence completely as: You may delete servers that do not have customers assigned to them. Note that I also removed the unnecessary capitaliztion.



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