So, I use this odd combination of word processing software to get through my day, and it works for me. Half of being an effective worker is, after all, figuring out what works for me. I want to know why it works, though, and I want to know what your system is and how you keep it running.
TextEdit: I work on a Mac, and this is the text editing software that automatically comes with. I don’t actually use TextEdit to write in, but I find it ideal for taking notes. No idea why, and I don’t even save those files half the time. I guess you could consider TextEdit my scratch pad.
WriteRoom: I use WriteRoom for writing fiction. It makes it difficult to switch over to time wasters like the Internet (which can be problematic if I’m working on a story that requires research) and does well at keeping me on track.
MicrosoftWord: I’ve had to conform for the sake of keeping editors sane. I use MicrosoftWord for articles and such. I also know a lot of the shortcuts so I can breeze through editing and the like. I’d like to switch to one of the free varieties like OpenOffice, but it doesn’t quite match up with MicrosoftWord with stuff like ‘Track Changes’.
GoogleDocs: Any documents I consult daily, like the editorial calendar I’ve constructed for my blogs, get tossed into GoogleDocs, so that I can access them no matter what computer I’m on, and so I don’t have to keep extra applications open when I’m already running the resource-hogging Firefox.
So, what about you? What software do you use, and why?