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Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: Buck
Date: December 08, 2017 01:19PM
My wife's new Mac comes with Pages of course, but is there a better app for my aspiring author?
We're not planning to use Word.
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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 08, 2017 01:30PM
How is the work going to be published?
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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: Joseph C.
Date: December 08, 2017 01:36PM
Scrivener- comes with a 30 day free trial.

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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: Buck
Date: December 08, 2017 01:40PM
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ka jowct
How is the work going to be published?
Good question. Undetermined so far.
I envision the book as a longer term project, and an actual published paper book.
The smaller works probably mostly electronic. A few works may be printed booklets.
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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: clay
Date: December 08, 2017 01:53PM
doesn't really matter, as long as she doesn't save the files in a super-obscure format that can't be read by anything else.

Word is at least ubiquitous at this point. Plain text files are good too. Pages is fine, but I'm not sure if there's anything else out there that can easily open them. Apple does have a history of abandoning software and making incompatible...
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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 08, 2017 02:01PM
Clay,

Agreed on MS Word and text files. I do nearly all of my writing in a plain ol' text editor. Tex-Edit Plus. No special features. Just text. If I need to format my work, I'll import it into Word and go from there.

Robert
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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 08, 2017 02:09PM
Some publishers want pretty specific formats done in Word. They must have workflows set up for getting rid of the crap that word introduc3s.
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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 08, 2017 02:13PM
Ka,

You just reminded me of something very important. If I'm going to submit a work, I check with the recipient to find out what format is preferable and adapt my work to it accordingly.

Robert
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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: December 08, 2017 02:49PM
Pages and/or iBooks Author

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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 08, 2017 02:59PM
google docs.



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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: hal
Date: December 08, 2017 03:08PM
Plain text makes sense to me - can be formatted easily once you know what format you need.
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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: richorlin
Date: December 08, 2017 09:05PM
I second Scivener for writing books. It helps you in planning, plotting and keeping track of characters, locations and pliot lines. It's also helpful with non-fiction projects if that's what she has in mind.



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Re: Which app for writing stories, articles, books? Pages?
Posted by: sekker
Date: December 09, 2017 09:44PM
I like Pages 09 for writing but the other options here will work if the author has written a fair bit.

If not, then you need to use whatever file format the editor liked. Pages exports into word just fine.
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