Yesterday, after working many hours on revising my latest novel, a YA time travel story that happens along the banks of the Mississippi in Illinois, Microsoft Word crashed on me again, and this time I wasn't able to recover the last hour or so of work.
Microsoft Word v.X for Mac is my primary writing tool, but it has a predictable crash after several days of constant use. I'm sure I blogged about this before, but this time, I lost more work than usual and I just that much closer to changing to something else.
I have two reasons I haven't changed to some other word processor. When I resolve those two, I'll switch in a flash.
I have numerous macros and style sheets that I've written to automate many of my writing tasks. My new word processor must have the ability to support named styles that I can invoke with a keystroke, and I need some kind of scripting language support so that I can do things like globally swap out one set of styles (like for manuscript work) for another (like for a reviewer copy) or selectively wordcount the current chapter.
I've checked out a couple of versions of OpenOffice, and that brings up the second problem. It's ugly. I work on a Mac. I can't afford to pretend to work on Windows just to get my writing done. I hear that someone is going to do a real Mac port of OpenOffice, and I await the day.
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