I only use Word so that I can keep a copy in my documents for backup. The problem you have if you only type it directly into HP is that there is no backup just in case HP goes belly up tomorrow. I don't expect that but silly me if I'm not prepared for that.
Sufi - You're a freelancer, so I bet you'd love Focus Writer. It's got a built-in timer (like Focus Booster) to remind you to take breaks -- and force you to stay focused for a certain period of time. It also lets you set daily goals (# words) and then tracks your progress for the day.
The screen remains completely uncluttered (hover for toolbars), and you can put in your own background. I also have mine set so that when I type or press the enter key, it sounds like an old, old, old manual typewriter! Much more fun to work with than Word.
I do my initial draft in Word because I’m used to it and I can easily see the latest word count, then I copy the document to HubPages. When the article’s formatted as a hub I can always see improvements that need to be made, so I do more typing in the HubPages text capsules.
That's a great example, I like the detail. I also use Notepad on Windows. With more comprehensive hubs, I actually use a real notepad and pen first as I lay out the content. Plus I like to sit outside and write.
Then I copy it into Notepad, or sometimes directly into the capsules.
What a great idea! I never see the sun because it reflects off the laptop screen so I stay indoors. Never even thought about paper and pen where I could sit on a sun lounger and enjoy the fresh air and sun too! Now, I wonder if I can remember how to write??
I know.. my handwriting isn't as nice as it used to be, but I find that when I use longhand, I actually write differently and take more thought into how it sounds. Yes, sometimes it does make the hub process longer, but I can't stand sitting in front of a computer all the time, even a laptop.. being outdoors is energizing for me. Also, that's why I enter it directly into the capsules at times, because I know I have a copy.
Since I ususally have the "inspiration" for the hub before I do the title research (and I want the url to match the title), I write it in Evernote. I choose that over other programs because it instantly backs-up notes, and it actually happened to me that the power went out while I was writting one of my hubs. When it came back and I turned the computer back on, I opened Evernote and there it was, the whole text, even if I didn't hit the 'save' button even once.
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