Just wondered what people use to write their hubs. Do you type straight into the hub itself or use Word or what ?
Personally I've been using notepad and then cutting and pasting.
Just curious :-)
I have found typing hubs here much easier. I used to write them on notepad but now I write them directly on HP.
I use yWriter. Despite it being novel writing software, I find it useful to organize my finished, half-finished, barely started, and random work. Anything that helps keep my organized is a boon.
I use MS Word, because it's easier to find spelling and punctuation mistakes, if there are any. Then I copy it to notepad and then to Hubpages.
I always use MS Word so I can do a proper spell and grammar check first then it is a simple copy and paste job into each text capsule.
I also use Word and copy and paste it. I also collect all the links I want to use ahead of time from YouTube and elsewhere.
I used to use Word, but now I use Focus Writer. I love, love, love it and it's free!
That sounds great. Do you know if they have a version for windows 7?
Word, then copy & paste, and back the original Word docs up on a memory stick for good measure.
Yeah its easy to save as you are going a long in HubPages.
I usually just write it directly in HubPages and save frequently. Occasionally I use Notepad++.
I used to write straight in Hubpages, but now I write in Word then cut and paste into capsule.
I write directly into HP. I find it much easier to control the appearance of the hub as I go, locating and positioning the various capsules for better effect.
I just write straight in the hub.
Except for my werewolf hub. The first paragraph was written on another site's draft editor until I decided I'd rather have it as a hub and copy pasted to the hub editor.
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.
BTW thanks to Darin Walker and Irohner for recommending two writing programs that are available on linux (my OS).
I'm gonna bookmark them for when I start my reading kids' book.
I have yet to find any reason to write outside of Hubpages. Therefore, all my hubs are written directly to text capsules.
I always use Word - mainly because I use it for my work and I am comfortable with it. I also have an unreliable internet connection, so typing straight onto HP carries the risk of losing work
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.
Cheers for that
I had a look and it is a pretty good programme. The problem is that I need a lot of the extra functions provided by Word - footnoting, Excel compatibility, tracking changes etc.
Besides which, I have used Word for 20 years and it has become a reliable old friend (Even Microsoft get something right, occasionally!)
Thanks for that, sounds useful, I started using a stopwatch download as well as word, and it will be hand to have the two combined. Good work!
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.
Notepad. The one on Windows.
In fact, I've got an example of what a typical Notepad drafted hub looks like here.
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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