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software for writing books/novels/auto-biography/biography

Postby saurabh995 on Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:57 pm

which software should i use to write
    books
    novels
    auto-biography
    biography
(other that libre office's writer . i don't find it much appealing for my purpose.)
and it's not just a hobby ,it's for professional writing .
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Re: software for writing books/novels/auto-biography/biograp

Postby tenfoot on Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:38 pm

saurabh995 wrote:which software should i use to write
    books
    novels
    auto-biography
    biography
(other that libre office's writer . i don't find it much appealing for my purpose.)
and it's not just a hobby ,it's for professional writing .


Try Scribus. It is in the repositories. It is a professional DTP program and has a "steepish" learning curve.
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Re: software for writing books/novels/auto-biography/biograp

Postby austin.texas on Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:43 pm

Personally, I use the Seamonkey wysiwyg HTML Composer. I create and save all my documents in HTML, so that I can view them in my browser (with active links) and transfer them to any computer, including Windows and smartphones. I have only used LibreOffice maybe once or twice in the last five years.
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Of course, it is not a full featured word processor, so some things you may want to do might be missing, but it works for simple writing tasks.
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Postby shieldfire on Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:05 am

Depends on what you are looking for. Just writing, I'd prefer something like Focuswriter. If you want to keep track of your story (characters, plot line, history etc) there a few options. Don't remember names atm but Google for "Linux writing aid" or something like that.

EDIT: Writers Café used to be one, there is at least one other. Cherry Tree is more like note taking but off-line. (Of course Nixnote is also available for note taking).

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Re: software for writing books/novels/auto-biography/biograp

Postby JosephBeck on Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:54 am

If you want something along an office suite type thing, but without the hideousness of Libreoffice, try Kingsoft Office. You can go into the settings and disable the template window that appears by default. It should definitely be able to do all the stuff a writer needs without all the added unnecessary functions of something like LibreOffice. Then again, some writers are different.

The ones I know just write their manuscript and go from there (hiding the ribbon to make it less distracting). Self publishing Ebook people go a different route from those with editors and publishers. Mainly because they have to do the formatting themselves often times.
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Re: software for writing books/novels/auto-biography/biograp

Postby saurabh995 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:22 pm

Thanks for the reply . :)
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Re: software for writing books/novels/auto-biography/biograp

Postby gold_finger on Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:49 pm

Have no experience with this myself, but it might be something for you to look into: http://en.flossmanuals.net/booki-user-guide/.
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Re: software for writing books/novels/auto-biography/biograp

Postby xfrank on Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:43 pm

I didn't used yet focuswriter but seems very good to just type the text. LibreOffice is obviously much more complete. I wrote a book (academic) last year in LO, but I had to convert the .odt file to .docx to send it to the publisher.
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Re: software for writing books/novels/auto-biography/biograp

Postby rollon on Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:04 pm

If you don't mind using Whine there is yWriter. I used it while still running windows. I have it loaded on linux just haven't used it yet.
http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5_Screens.html
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