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#1 hjvagar

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 11:59 PM

I have been using google docs but lately it's been acting up on me and I was wondering if there is another free program out there that works well, Can't afford word. Thanks.



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 05:38 AM

Google Docs may be your best bet. Good, free writing apps that can handle manuscripts are hard to come by. I use Scrivener and it's only about $75 if I recall. The iPad version is $20 and both are money well spent. Being able to organize my ideas and stories and novels and artwork and research and, etc. etc. etc. is indispensable

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 10:18 PM

Thank you. I will look into that one. Google docs is nice because it's free but with the problems I have been experiencing lately I think I'd rather pay for a dependable one.



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:42 AM

If you want a place to write a story and not have it get lost you could try online story writing programs like  http://www.litlift.com/

or https://www.fastpencil.com/ but you will still want to use google docs for other applications.

You could even write in your own email and save as drafts or send to another account. But these writing programs are sometimes fun to use, so it doesn't hurt to give one of them a try. 

 

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:34 AM

Thank you! Will look into both of those! It seems lately that all I do is write so multiple programs would be ideal for me. They might help me keep it all organized better.



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:36 AM

I"ve also heard of Libre Office, which is like a free version of the MS office suite. I've never used it, but I've heard many people mention it.



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:46 AM

Thank you! I just love all the options here! As I said earlier, with multiple projects in the works I can use more than one!



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:07 PM

If you plan on being a professional writer, get MS Word. That's what your agent will use. That's what your editors will use.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 04:24 PM

I use Libre Office. It can translate docs into and out of Word. Best of all it's free. Of course, I also run Linux, so using Word is out.



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 09:17 AM

Check out the subscription for Office 365, you can download a local version of Word for a very reasonable price.  I think it is only $70-$100 per year which also includes other Office apps like Excel.  This is what I picked up recently when I bought my new laptop.



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 09:21 AM

If you have more than one computer, you can get a five-license package for about $100 for the year, which is what I did. I'm happy with that as it allows me a lot of flexibility.



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 11:05 AM

Open Office/Libre Office/Neo Office...

There is also ywriter, which is similar to Scrivener for the PC, it's free, but has a high learning curve.


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:56 AM

I’m pretty fond of Pages, myself. The web version is free. If you buy a Mac, the desktop version is free, and they can be set to sync files via iCloud.






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