I do large portions of my writing in notepad, the simpler set up is more appealing to my eyes than other programs.
I fix up chapters and keep the final sections in Word documents with the settings and font fixed to be smaller and more
compressed enough to manage until I can finish editing once December starts.
Actually writing in Word always drives me batty.
All notes are done in small tablets of recycled paper,
and character sketches, maps, and world notes are kept in separate folders.
If any of them were digital sketches, they've been printed to be on hand.
I wish I was this organized when I was in school. . _ .
I prefer to do most plot planning and stuff on paper so I can scratch out and make marks and doodles. I can never write straight up notes when it comes to that . . . and I can't just write a novel without a plan. At least not one I'm seriously invested in like the one I'm writing now.
But, to write I just use Microsoft Word. I don't really have a need for anything fancier :3
My boyfriend, who does some kind of computer programming for the military, talks about Emacs a lot, but I have no clue what it is. He also owns some chatroom on IRC and somehow gets on Emacs and does things in there with it.
I missed the deadline, but I might try writing a novel next November. If I'm just writing pure text, I like to use a no-frills word processor like WordPad. WordPad is faster, and it doesn't try and do things with your formatting that it THINKS you want it to do.
I think I work best with a notebook and a pen. If I can make it past chapter three without getting a case of writer's block, I'll be doing good. smile When I want to work on my second draft, I'll put it into MS Office. It's what I've got.
I carry around my words with me every where and the only thing I realy have to worry about is not having any ink left in my _green_ pen.
Oh yeah, once I hit 10k its going to be ridiculous... But I have a PC lappy with no disk drive (side glance an mom). And all the good free shite is for Macs. As a matter of fact, 90% of the programs that I think would be compatible to my methods and thought processes are for Macs.
... stupid Mac-tardsstare
Don't mind me, I'll just sit over in my corner and be bitter. *checks sponsor page* Hey, anybody try out that cloud? Yarny?
You know you're hardcore when you use paper towels! *cheers*
I use Microsoft Word '97, because that's all that's on my old computer. This computer I use for internet and some writing has a newer version of Word, but I have to use the 97 save so I can transfer the files back and forth.
Although I advise people otherwise, I leave my spell and grammar checks on. Why? Because I love that moment when they freak out and tell me they can't work anymore!