I've heard that the newer versions of Microsoft Word are not geared towards the novel writer and are hard to navigate. Is this true? If you are using Microsoft Word newer versions I'd love to get your feedback on it from a writers stand point.
robjvargas wrote:MS Word is a multi-tool. It's got functions for all different kinds of writing. Many of those functions are irrelevant to fiction writing. Others are more relevant, but still useful.
I think it's a fair assessment to say that certain other applications out there are more useful to fiction writers than MS Word.
Just like I've wrapped a towel around a pipe locked in place with vise-grips rather than buying an actual pipe wrench for one job, it really depends on what you expect from the application.
You can make MS Word do what you want it to do.
James A. Ritchie wrote:
Writers spend way too much time worrying about which program to use. Any program will do for the writing itself. Novels are written with wetware, not software.
jannertfol wrote:What I'd love to know is: does a program exist that will CONVERT any text into a format which anybody can receive intact?
robjvargas wrote:jannertfol wrote:What I'd love to know is: does a program exist that will CONVERT any text into a format which anybody can receive intact?
In a word: no.
Even word has changed its text formatting over time. It moved the extension from .doc to .docx to mark that it was changing the way files are saved.
There *are* programs that are very good at converting to other formats. OpenOffice/LibreOffice is pretty good. I think WordPerfect is still out there, and not bad. Some of the "pure" writing programs like Scrivener, YWriter, and others, they convert to .doc, and I think their later versions even do .docx.
Remember, though, that the underlying forum software here is not, per se, a document format program. It uses a form of tagging call UBBCode. I *think* there are plugins for the software that permit it to format Word docs, but they are clearly not in effect here.
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