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    Re: Novel Writing Software for Linux - FOUND!

    Here's another update on Calligra Author. I believe the Developers are asking for feature recommendations for the next version in the works now. This is the time to voice your opinions to them
    http://ingwa2.blogspot.com/2013/08/c...next-step.html
    In the announcement I wrote: "We will make sure that Calligra Author will be a useful tool for all phases of the writing process". We analyzed the writing process together with some writer friends and came up with 4 phases of the process: planning, writing, review and publishing.
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    • Planning: -
    • Writing: word count in the status bar and distraction free writing mode
    • Review: Notes, also known as annotations and export to MS DOCX format
    • Publishing: export to EPUB2 and MOBI formats.


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    Re: Novel Writing Software for Linux - FOUND!

    I came across this thread when searching for Zim (desktop wiki) for organising development notes.
    I'm experiencing problems in simple Zim search (on Ubuntu 12.04).
    I think I'll switch away from trying Zim since it seems difficult to arrange hierarchical file structures to be searched by different attributes.

    I'll add to this novel writing thread one further package which has briefly been mentioned in post #41 - scrivener (but that post referred to Scrivener/Windows).

    There is a Linux beta version of Scrivener worth trying by writers.

    http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=33

    I have Scrivener running nicely on Ubuntu 12.04.

    Scribus has also been mentioned.

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    There isn't anything better than Tomboy Notes for searching through dozens of notes within all notebooks, that I've been able to find. But there is no hierarchical file structure at all, besides individual notebooks, which could easily be assigned, say Front_Matter, Introduction, Chapter_1, Chapter_2, Chapter_3, Back_Matter, Characters, Places, Events etc.

    Zim (Desktop Wiki) isn't good for searching your material, but it is good as an outliner and hyperlinks within the project, and outside the project to spreadsheets, for instance for Characters, Places, Events and Outlines. I've been far more creative writing and searching in Tomboy Notes, than composing or brainstorming manuscript in Zim.

    Thankfully for me, both Tomboy and Zim have good spell checker and correctors.

    I've been planning on using Zim as the intermediate stage of my Books. It does a great job of importing Tomboy Notes, then of course you have to arrange everything in the proper organization of the book.

    For the final part, self publishing, I plan on using LaTeX (print medium) and possible Calligra Author (for ebook). Author probably has another year to go before its stabilized, according to what I've read, maybe in the 2014 release, but it's made huge progress in 2013.

    Scribus is an interesting, possibly great alternative to LaTeX for self publishing the print medium. [For submitting to an Agent or Publishing House, that would require a standardized book submittal format, using LibreOffice, Calligra Suite (next year), or MS Word.

    Here's a great link about LyX that I'd like to share, for those interested in using LaTeX text markup system to typeset their book for self-publication)

    LyX would be useful after the first draft has been compiled and you wish to put into a proper publishable book, much like Scribus, the goal with both are something in publishable format. The article discribes a one paragraph synopsis of the process of creating a book with LyX, a higher level typsetting application that works with the TeX markup language and LaTeX package system for fomatting text to particular templates publication format, for instance a Novel Kile and TexMaker would be good alternet choices to LyX for typsetting a book using the LaTeX system. For organizing notes, outlining and distraction free writing, you'd almost certainly want to compile the book using an outliner or text editor first.

    http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/tutorials...-book-with-lyx
    Publish a book with LyX
    Sep 28, 2012
    [contents]
    Step 1 Install LyX
    Step 2 Choose document class
    Step 3 Adhere to the document structure Document structure
    Step 4 Use the section browser
    Step 5 Add index marks
    Step 6 Add citations
    Step 7 Insert ERT (Evil Red Text)
    Step 8 Set up converters
    Step 9 Set up image converters
    Step 10 Add images
    Step 11 Chapter precis
    Step 12 Add equations
    Step 13 Add labels
    Step 14 Front matter
    Step 15 Layout and format
    Step 16 Designing the cover
    Step 17 Add an ISBN
    Step 18 Order proof copies
    Step 19 Investigate alternative output formats
    Step 20 Select a printing service

    Last edited by markMDW; September 1st, 2013 at 10:41 PM.

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    Re: Novel Writing Software for Linux - FOUND!

    Quote Originally Posted by markMDW View Post
    There isn't anything better than Tomboy Notes for searching through dozens of notes within all notebooks, that I've been able to find. .... <snip> ....Zim (Desktop Wiki) isn't good for searching your material, but it is good as an outliner and hyperlinks within the project,....<snip> ....Thankfully for me, both Tomboy and Zim have good spell checker and correctors.
    markMDW, thanks for the comparison. I've been using Xfce's Notes plugin, but would like to try Tomboy or Zim for a future project.

    Quote Originally Posted by markMDW View Post
    Scribus is an interesting, possibly great alternative to LaTeX for self publishing the print medium. [For submitting to an Agent or Publishing House, that would require a standardized book submittal format, using LibreOffice, Calligra Suite (next year), or MS Word.
    That will depend on printing company. Lightning Source and CreateSpace both prefer PDF/X-1a:2001, which neither LO nor MS can do (don't know about Calligra). Traditionally, only Adobe Acrobat Professional (version 6 or up) can do that. Neither can Scribus 1.4, although happily, 1.5 can.
    "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers

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    I've been using Xfce's Notes plugin, but would like to try Tomboy or Zim for a future project.
    I've used Xfce's Notes as well, finding them handy when I first bootup, reminding me what to work on now that a new day has arrived. It's a nice feature that they pop up on the desktop, and easily collapse, infact, I just think of them as part of the Desktop. Both Zim and Tomboy do have many more functions, making them (together) feasible for conjuring up the story, outlining it, spell checking it, and arranging a draft print of the entire novel (without typesetting). Tomboy and Zim, along with Xfce Notes, Artha Thesaurus, and LibreOffice Spreadsheet links inside of ZIM, can serve as a Linux Destop writers production center. Then for submittal and or publication I suppose it would be off to using LaTeX / Scribus and or Callibre for eBook export and creation in ePub and Mobi formats (Nook, Kindle, dedicated eBook readers) ...I need to learn a little more about Scribus

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    Re: Novel Writing Software for Linux - FOUND!

    Quote Originally Posted by markMDW View Post
    I've used Xfce's Notes as well, finding them handy when I first bootup, reminding me what to work on now that a new day has arrived.
    Ditto for me.

    Both Zim and Tomboy do have many more functions, making them (together) feasible for conjuring up the story, outlining it, spell checking it, and arranging a draft print of the entire novel (without typesetting).
    You've just convinced me to try these for sure. Scribus does not have a spellchecker, which isn't necessary for importing or copying text from elsewhere, but helpful for spontaneous changes!

    ....Then for submittal and or publication I suppose it would be off to using LaTeX / Scribus and or Callibre for eBook export and creation in ePub and Mobi formats (Nook, Kindle, dedicated eBook readers)
    Ah, I see. You are focusing on eBook and Mobi(?) I'm trying to go the traditional print route, for nonfiction nonetheless.

    ...I need to learn a little more about Scribus
    AFAIK, it's the only DTP for Linux (free). I find 1.4 a little quirky, but since there's no other choices..... (!) At least there are a lot of how-tos and tutorials for it out there. 1.5 is developmental, but it will create those PDF/X-1a:2001s.

    For myself, I probably should look into LaTex.
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    You are focusing on eBook and Mobi(?)
    Yes, but I also want to have a print version available for the novel as well. I'm discovering that LyX can output to PDF and HTML, and Calibre can easily convert HTML to Mobi and ePub. At any rate, the first draft should be written as plainly as possible.

    I'm guessing that Scribus would probably be more useful to someone who needs a lot of variation in the layout of their book, and wants to customize it exactly to their concept, WYSIWYG.

    LaTeX would offer just the opposite approach, offering templates and classes that takes all the text and puts it in the "proper spot". The user just needs to know how to apply the markup text, properly defining the types of text (for example, a Chapter Title).

    LyX has an excellent Help section with a Introduction, Tutorial, User Guide and other documents that are useful to someone after they get a grasp of exactly what LaTeX is, and hows it's different that a regular word processor. Starting out is much more difficult since its nothing like Libre Office, or Word, even though at first glance it looks like it might be as easy. LaTeX has full control of everything though, from the spacing between words, to paragraphs to the Table of Contents etc. And so I trying to type, and add several lines between their scene or chapter, since that's the way every other text editor and word processor works, would easily give up in frustration... unless they realize that this is a totally different concept in writing.

    Is your project going to be creative nonfiction or something like a manual or textbook perhaps, with lots of different layouts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markMDW View Post
    I'm guessing that Scribus would probably be more useful to someone who needs a lot of variation in the layout of their book, and wants to customize it exactly to their concept, WYSIWYG.
    Yes, Scribus is a desktop publisher, so its best use is after the writing is done. Text is imported for layout and design. I have found it to be quirky, with a steep learning curve. It's weakness so far is tables, so tables of content aren't that easy to do. There is a fairly good online manual, plus quite a few online tutorials, also a good user forum.

    LaTeX would offer just the opposite approach, offering templates and classes that takes all the text and puts it in the "proper spot". The user just needs to know how to apply the markup text, properly defining the types of text (for example, a Chapter Title).

    LyX has an excellent Help section with a Introduction, Tutorial, User Guide and other documents that are useful to someone after they get a grasp of exactly what LaTeX is, and hows it's different that a regular word processor. Starting out is much more difficult since its nothing like Libre Office, or Word, even though at first glance it looks like it might be as easy. LaTeX has full control of everything though, from the spacing between words, to paragraphs to the Table of Contents etc. And so I trying to type, and add several lines between their scene or chapter, since that's the way every other text editor and word processor works, would easily give up in frustration... unless they realize that this is a totally different concept in writing.
    Very interesting, thanks for the details, markMDW. Sounds like the learning curve would be worth it.

    Is your project going to be creative nonfiction or something like a manual or textbook perhaps, with lots of different layouts?
    I'd say creative nonfiction but geared toward a niche audience. Lots of photographs and drawings, however, which is ultimately why I decided to go with print.

    I've definitely appreciated this thread. I've learned quite a bit about the Linux resources available to writers.
    "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers

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    Re: Novel Writing Software for Linux - FOUND!

    Even for an all TEXT book, Scribus or another graphics program looks like the better approach to designing the front and back covers, that is if the writer wants anything other than TEXT, LINES or staple patterns that LaTeX could generate. Then the generated image could actually be used within LaTeX. A Table of Contents in LaTeX is the simple matter of placing the Table of Contents command within the book, where you want it to appear, and it parses out all the chapters, sections, subsections etc., and does that automatically, without the user having to format it at all... it puts everything EXACTLY where its supposed to go and doesn't let the writer mess it up

    Your posts helped to revive this thread. When I started reading it, I subscribed to it, and since then have been posting updates. Thanks for sharing your book and project idea. Keep us updated on how well your software is working with it

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    Re: Novel Writing Software for Linux - FOUND!

    Unfortunately I have noticed any development in Calligra Author over the last couple of years.

    FocusWriter is definitly the best for writing your book.
    Last edited by markMDW; April 25th, 2014 at 05:00 PM. Reason: additional comment

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