Road Trip Wednesday is a weekly blog carnival hosted by YA Highway. 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?
I'm nothing if not attached to the familiar, and that means I write only in Microsoft Word. Except for times when I'm not near my laptop and inspiration strikes--then I scribble in a notebook or Gmail passages to myself, and incorporate that text in my current Word draft later on. I know--I could use Google Docs or keep my crap in the cloud, so I could access it anywhere anytime--but I don't want my things co-mingling in the cloud. Clouds disperse. Clouds are ephemeral. They are not the sort of places you want to put Very Important Things like unfinished manuscripts.
Tangent over. I'm a Word writer; the quirks of the program have become part of my process. Scrivener has tempted me, but I'm sticking with the Office suite for the foreseeable future. I do have one tip for MS Word, in the form of a PSA I wrote for Blog Me MAYbe last spring: Find and Replace: A PSA.
So, writer friends: Convince me why I should be using Scrivener! Share your tips about how to maximize MS Word! Impress me with your commitment to writing all your stories longhand! Share pictures of your nifty typewriters!