It's time for YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday once again!
This Week's Topic is: What
word processing program do you use to write your manuscript, and can you
share one handy trick you've learned in that program that has helped
you while you write?
Well, my two old WIPs are waiting patiently where I left them...which is in Google Docs (now Google Drive, I guess?) I love Google Docs because I can access it from wherever I am. The first WIP was a project I started when I did NaNoWriMo with my 6th graders, so I chose Google Docs because I knew I would want to write from my home and work computers about equally.
Recently, though, I haven't been writing so much. I have been beta-reading, though, and that's where Google Docs has really come in handy. I get a copy of the MS in Google Docs, and I can add comments (just like in Word or OpenOffice)--and then the author can respond to the comments, which triggers an email to me, so I know to look back at that spot. Or, if it's a quick little thing (typo, punctuation, whatever) the author can fix it up and mark the comment as "resolved" and it goes away. It's cleaner and simpler than emailing pages back and forth with comments. There's even a chat function built right in, which I've used once or twice if we both happen to be logged in at the same time. (I'm not sure about people's familiarity with Docs/Drive--I don't have time to make a how-to screencast right now, but if you're interested, let me know! I can easily throw one together in the next week or so!)