What is the best Program to Write a BookWhich is the best program to write a book?
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In the past, I used Word solely for my work, but found it too "linear" and limiting in the way I write or com-pose. If I write a book or play or script, I seldom work from beginning to end, or if I do, then I need some permission to exchange sequences or to add a scene to the first part to solve something that I designed in the second half, etc. etc. etc. etc...
You may also want to write a section or sequence and keep it on the page.... but don't' want it to get misplaced somewhere in a directory, so it's great to have all your files in one place. Among the first off-the-shelf application that actually enabled me to work well with my footage was a tool named Z-Write, which enabled you to work on a series of chapters/scenes, contours, references, etc. separately and later combine them into a single contiguous ouput that you can then format and publish.
I like Scrivener because it allows me to be a novelist, i.e. it gives me a lot of room in the program to make my sketches, outline, research data (images, video, text, html, etc.) in one place, the possibility to write a scene, have different VERSIONEN of these sequences, pick and decide which part of the scene I want to keep in the definitive release, and to write all these items in a certain way, like a novel, a scriptwriting, a scenery, a comic strip...
Best of all, you can do everything in one program so you don't have to search for a metric ton of different Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office spreadsheets in one drop. I think that's the best shot for your book. It is a program developed with "Writers" in view, instead of forcing the author to use a certain program or a certain file to use.
I have Microsot Word, which is great for finishing your final work. I use Word for that. As soon as I "write" the book, I compil it into RTF (you can by the way compilate your work into a wide range of different file types such as PDF, HTML,.epub, or just compiling manuscripts prepared to submit, etc. etc.) and then use Word to "finish" the book, create a directory and then make it available for publishing when you release it yourself, or make it available to an editor or publishers.