March 15, by William 12 Comments For the past ten years or so, I have mostly used Scrivener to write my books. It makes backups a breeze and it tracks your daily word count as you write.
Google Docs is okay to write short books and when making limited use of the comment feature. A few thoughts and tips on completing a book using either. No matter a former Googler, using Docs was absolutely my preferred choice to write the manuscript of my last book.
I ran into three distinct problems: The more I wrote and the more people worked with me, the slower Docs became. Yet that was only partially surprising. Google Docs is somewhat susceptible to network connectivity issues.
On slower connections I occasionally fortunately rarely enough not to just abort the Docs experiment lost edits. Here we—my editor and I—ran into a really strange bug.
We lost a bunch of comments. Which is, not all of them. This cost us a lot of time and nerves because comments are most useful if you can see them in the sidebar, alongside what the commenter highlighted.
If you plan to write a book with Docs do it for a shorter book up to pagesbut not for longer ones, and not if you anticipate a lot of comments. Then Docs will be great as usual.
It comes with its own technical standards and peculiarities. Random, nonsensical HTML requirements: I could actually write a rant here that would fill a book on its own. Most attributes have been stripped. CSS has been cut to the stem by allowing only a very limited number of properties.
Random, nonsensical encoding requirements: UTF-8 encoding is prohibitedand that is enforced in the upload process. Which is not a glyph-related restriction, however, as using entity references works fine in a good number of cases. The technical documentation is incomplete, inconsistent, and not very usable.
And software developers are not web developers. They may or may not help to avoid all of that pain. I like to keep things to a minimum. He plays with philosophyartand adventure.S ince February , I’ve used Google Docs for my writing.
I’ve always been a fan of Scrivener, and I still use Scrivener to prepare submission drafts. But for a year and a half now, I use Google Docs exclusively for first, second, and final drafts.
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It’s free, mobile, and cross-platform. Nothing to shake a stick at! Google Docs works in most browsers, although it’s best in Google Chrome, and there are mobile apps for Android and iOS which I’ve found work very nicely.
When writing your book you should separate the writing from the formatting. Write first, format later.
However, there are some steps you can make when writing your book in Microsoft Word that will make the job of formatting your book easier and help prevent errors in the book formatting process.
Writing a Book with Google Docs. In practice, when writing a book you need to concentrate quite a bit. Some authors may be able to concentrate better when hooked up to their laptop in a public cafe, while others need to go have a non-changing, quiet place – like their home desk, room doors closed.
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