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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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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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There is software and an open-source markup standard for that called TWINE. I have not used it myself, but there seems to be a robust community around it.


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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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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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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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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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Have you tried Scrivener? I haven't used it for screenwriting, but it looks like it's got a great tool for it. It's not open source, but $45 is fairly cheap.


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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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I have written a tool for my own use that will almost do what you want, but I hadn't thought that anyone else would use it, so it is a bit rough around the edges, it would only take me a couple minutes to add wdiff to it, but it assumes POSIX (unix/linux/OSX) is written in perl, has no documentation, and the command syntax is arcane. Would you like to try it ...


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I've always used mindmaps as a way to quickly brainstorm (and more importantly, organize/reshuffle) my thoughts. Freemind is the app I've used for many years, but its a bit clunky. Recently I've started using MindMup, which is browser based and allows you to store your documents in Google Drive, or in Dropbox.


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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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Final Draft is the most common one that I know of. But it's not free. Once you've finished your script and want industry people to read it, you'll need a recognized script formatting program like Final Draft or Movie Magic.


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Answer from Kai Rosenkranz "Nevigo Developer" in the Steam thread Articy: Just for games? Thanks for your interest. Between 10 and 20 percent of our customers use articy:draft for other purposes than designing games, like novelists, screenwriters, and instructional designers (for game-based training, ...ok, that may count as game design :) ). Based on ...


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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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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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Microsoft Word includes machine translation features - it can translate selections or entire documents; see this page for more details. You'll likely need to install a bilingual dictionary package.


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You can link to images in Word. When you insert an image, you get a dialog where you can select the image. The 'Insert' button in this dialog is actually a drop-down menu. One of the menu choices is 'Link to file'. There are two basic workflows when publishing a book: the writer supplies the text and images to the publisher, and the publisher creates ...


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The most natural way to write is writing "surface text": text that looks the way you want it to look. If you want to emphasize a word, you want to see it emphasized. Because that is the text you are writing. LaTeX (or HTML or the markup behind a Word document) are not text. They are commands that tell an interpreting software what the text should be. You ...


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Surely good old HTML would be great for this? Links would work perfectly for the transitions (especially in-document # links).


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I've found Translation Table for LibreOffice this is not an advanced tool but for little works is useful: Translation Table creates a two column table, where in the first column you get the source text segmented by sentence, each sentence in a cell, and in the second column you can put your translated sentences, each one in opposite cells to the ...


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Wikipedia lists a selection of computer-assisted translation tools. You might also try to search your favourite search engine for "translation workstation" or "translator's workstation".


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TiddlyWiki is my choice. It's a free-as-in-beer single-page wiki system in the form of a single HTML file you open with your favorite browser and edit via clicking on links to create new sections called Tiddlers. You can build out chapters, and internal links, and categorize different types of articles. Works great, but depends on a Java plug-in so YMMV ...


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I use the Gollum wiki. It works well for me. There's no database, just wiki-formatted text files. It uses the git version control system so you have a history of every change you make (and you don't have to know how to use git, it does it all for you). Very nice and extremely simple to use - you just start it up and do all your edits in a web browser. The ...


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I've never heard of wasting so much time doing it that way. But it is not uncommon to write a single paragraph, and then create a series of short one or two line MRUs (Motivation Reaction Unit) lines from it. This method is used a lot in mysteries so you do not overlook clues, or use them, or a description of something more than once. Or to prevent ...


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specify which pictures from my resources go where You can do this with the placement of the <$IMG> tag (though it may not be available in the Windows version). See this article Specify a caption that goes with a picture This is something that scrivener seems a little counter-intuitive on, but here's a post on the Literature and Latte forum ...


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Some of the websites mentioned here can help you to find one word for a complete sentence or a phrase. Please have a look at them : 1) http://www.vedicaptitude.com/?page_id=87 2) http://targetstudy.com/one-word-substitution/ and more...



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