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    Good novel writing software?

    I'm looking for a good novel writing software. I do not need advanced features such as scene tiddlers. Just a basic but good looking pad with auto-save. It should save and save a backup at every word change. That's all. But the app should be beautiful to facilitate a pleasant writing experience. I liked Basket Note Pads but it seems it lags a bit when writing in a long container. So something else. Thanks.

    Edit: I would like to use a client-side tiddlywiki sort of thing with inline editing and adding content (instead of editing the whole tiddler) but I do not have time to set up such a thing, but a tiddlywiki spinoff that serves would do, if there is any. Otherwise, native apps are ok, too.
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    Re: Good novel writing software?

    There is yWriter5. It's freeware, but not open source.

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    Re: Good novel writing software?

    Go for gold. Emacs and LaTeX.

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    Re: Good novel writing software?

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Those seem to be too complex for me.
    Okay, is there just a regular WordPad sort of application that's beautiful/skinnable and has autosave? I don't need much more than that.

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    Re: Good novel writing software?

    Several here from simple to not so simple...

    http://writingisdreaming.com/the-bes...-ubuntu-linux/

    Maybe focuswriter ?

    Focuswriter is a fullscreen writing program designed to be
    distraction free. You can customize your environment by changing the
    font, colors, and background image to add ambiance. FocusWriter
    features an on-the-fly updating wordcount, optional auto-save,
    optional daily goals, and toolbars that hide away to allow you to
    focus more clearly. Additionally, when you open the program your
    current work in progress will automatically load and position you at
    the end of your document, so that you can immediately jump back in.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install focuswriter
    Last edited by robert shearer; February 24th, 2013 at 09:05 AM.

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    Re: Good novel writing software?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisappearingOak View Post
    Those seem to be too complex for me.
    Okay, is there just a regular WordPad sort of application that's beautiful/skinnable and has autosave? I don't need much more than that.
    What about Abiword and LibreOffice Writer? They 'belong' to linux, and if not included in the install iso file, they are easy to install from the Software Center or with the commands
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install libreoffice
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install abiword
    Abiword is simpler than LibreOffice Writer.

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    Wordgrinder. Eliminate all distractions.
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    Re: Good novel writing software?

    I'm trying out Abiword and so far it's working.. thanks

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    Because it is the standard.

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