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Road Trip Wednesday #147: What Do You Use to Write?

Welcome to our 147th Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link - or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

(Note for any Road Trip fans on Tumblr: We are also asking all our RTW questions on our YA Highway Tumblr, and you're more than welcome to answer there, or link back to your Tumblr in this post!)

This Week's Topic is: What word processing program do you use to write you manuscript, and can you share one handy trick you've learned in that program that has helped you while you write?

Road Trip Song of the Week: "Every Day I Write the Book" by Elvis Costello

Next week's topic: In honor of this month's Bookmobile book, Marissa Meyer's CINDER, name a fable or story you'd like to see a retelling of. If you're feeling creative, come up with a premise of your own!

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  1. I actually use OpenOffice (I'm such a rebel!)
    Here's my RTW:

  2. Mine's here:

  3. Here is mine.

  4. Here's mine with a tip about passive voice:

  5. Microsoft Word. Tips: I use endnotes as I go. I put one at the beginning of each scene then I can easily skip to the beginning of any scene. I can put the cursor at the end of a scene and get the word count for that spot and combining that with my plotting spreadsheet it helps me know the word count of each scene and that helps me with pacing. Also sometimes use them for things I need to research later.
    I also use section breaks instead of page breaks and jumping to a chapter is as easy as going to that section.
    And (oops, was I supposed to give just one tip?) when drafting instead of writing chapter numbers I use AUTONUM (insert>field, find autonum in the list on the right.) Then if I add/delete a chapter in revisions I don't have to renumber everything manually.

  6. I don't have much, but I look forward to reading everyone else's:)

  7. I'm a total Google Docs lover, and lately I've been using it not just for writing, but for beta-reading:

  8. Microsoft Word.

    I use STYLES to format my mss for submission. That way the format is always transferred correctly (no hard tabs, ect).

    Write well,

  9. Not too different here...

  10. Here's mine!


  11. I use a 2004 version of Word, though I long to go back to MacWriteII or ClarisWorks, or even the newer AppleWorks. They just had a simplicity and sweetness that Word will never have. I'm even willing to shell out the money to buy back my '84 and '93 Macs just so I can finally have my familiar old programs back, and not have to jump through so many hoops to open, convert, and reformat all my old files.

  12. Here's mine, as late as it is:


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