What do you use to write your articles?

by Ben Roy 38 replies
Curious what software people use to write articles. I've seen a bunch of products out there like 'article writing software' or some such, but I just use Word. It seems to work pretty well. How about you guys?
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  • Profile picture of the author danaprince
    I do it the old-fashioned way with Word but I've heard good things about White Smoke.
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    • Profile picture of the author KenJ
      I have just moved to open office from word.

      I have tried "helpful" sofware but it doesn't help me

      I know how to write so I just write - it is a lot quicker for me and better
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    • Profile picture of the author danaprince
      Originally Posted by Tom Borowski View Post

      I just took a look at the sales page for White Smoke. I might be misjudging here, but what a piece of deceptive, maybe even outright false, advertizing.

      The feature list on the page The inclusive English grammar,text enrichment,thesaurus & punctuation writing software shows checkmarks for every feature for White Smoke and an 'x' for "Other Products".

      "Works Everywhere" - What's that supposed to mean? Can I use it under water?

      "Dictionary–Thesaurus" - Ooh. Unique.

      "Letter Templates" - Gimme a break.

      "Add–on Multi–Lingual Dict." - Yeah, NObody else has that!

      "NLP Technology" - Yeah, right. They're using NLP on the sales page for sure...

      I'm not judging the product, I'm judging the sales page. If White Smoke is more and better than its name suggests, I'll gladly recant

      I have no idea from personal experience. I've read a few positive reviews, that's all (nope, they didn't have affiliate links.)
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      • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
        Notepad.

        AL
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    • Profile picture of the author shrinagesh
      Originally Posted by Tom Borowski View Post

      I just took a look at the sales page for White Smoke. I might be misjudging here, but what a piece of deceptive, maybe even outright false, advertizing.

      The feature list on the page The inclusive English grammar,text enrichment,thesaurus & punctuation writing software shows checkmarks for every feature for White Smoke and an 'x' for "Other Products".

      "Works Everywhere" - What's that supposed to mean? Can I use it under water?

      "Dictionary–Thesaurus" - Ooh. Unique.

      "Letter Templates" - Gimme a break.

      "Add–on Multi–Lingual Dict." - Yeah, NObody else has that!

      "NLP Technology" - Yeah, right. They're using NLP on the sales page for sure...

      I'm not judging the product, I'm judging the sales page. If White Smoke is more and better than its name suggests, I'll gladly recant
      :LOL: Thats really funny. I don't usually laugh out loud, but "can i use it underwater?" made me :lol:. thx loads.

      Now for the answer to the question, I use good ol' word. To remove the smart tags, i have to copy to notepad and re-format on wherever i'm pasting. Cumbersome *sigh*.
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  • Profile picture of the author drkellogs
    Google Docs
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  • Profile picture of the author Easy Cash
    Microsoft Word
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Steps for creation of superior articles:

    1. Procure highest quality ink to fill ink well.
    2. Place a stack of highest grade vellum on writing desk.
    2. Ensure plentiful supply of quills (fine point).
    3. Instruct manservant to refuse all callers and solicitations.
    4. Lock door to study.
    5. Fill pipe with finest tobacco from the West Indies.
    6. Engage imagination and let the words flow through quill onto page.

    Or Notepad. Whatever.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
      I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.5 inside of DragonPad. It works wonders for me and I can crank out articles in record time.

      The accuracy is amazing and the more you use it the better it gets.

      So far this entire message is 100% dictated and there has not been any errors.

      I'm going to start speaking very fast at a pace of probably 140 words per minute without looking at the screen.

      I will then go back and let you know if there are any errors if any.

      In my experience most of the time there will not be any errors. If there are, it is very few.

      I can rattle on for minutes just like this without any errors.

      Okay, there was actually one error. That is not bad for rattling on at a very fast pace.

      If you think about it, you can write 500 word articles in the matter of two or three minutes at that pace.

      Shannon
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      • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
        My patent pending futuristic article creation software!
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        I actually write my articles in my AOL email program because it has a "spell
        check as you go feature".

        But truthfully, I could use Notepad. You really don't need anything fancy.
        Just make sure you have some way to check spelling and grammar after
        you're done.
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      • Profile picture of the author CassieT
        Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post

        I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.5 inside of DragonPad. It works wonders for me and I can crank out articles in record time.

        The accuracy is amazing and the more you use it the better it gets.

        So far this entire message is 100% dictated and there has not been any errors.

        I'm going to start speaking very fast at a pace of probably 140 words per minute without looking at the screen.

        I will then go back and let you know if there are any errors if any.

        In my experience most of the time there will not be any errors. If there are, it is very few.

        I can rattle on for minutes just like this without any errors.

        Okay, there was actually one error. That is not bad for rattling on at a very fast pace.

        If you think about it, you can write 500 word articles in the matter of two or three minutes at that pace.

        Shannon
        But then you have to go back and correct all your errors (or pay a copyeditor/proofreader to do it). I picked up at least a half dozen errors in your first five paragraphs.
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  • Profile picture of the author grumpyjacksa
    noooo

    i'm kinda primitive with this still............

    right hand
    left hand
    keyboard
    3% of brain
    notepad....

    so far so good. just need to learn to use more than 4 fingers when typing. will probably increase speed by 200 - 300 %
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  • Profile picture of the author ericseminara
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    I use MS Word-- I can get word count and some synonyms through it. I've turned the grammar correction feature off since it is often wrong--especially with subject-verb agreement. I've got a soft cover thesaurus I consult.

    The best program won't help you much if writing is not your forte.

    There are key word density and other programs that help you assess % unique content. Article spinners only work if you have a lot of control over how the words are substituted--even then it takes a huge amount of work and is generally not worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author AgileHosting
    Depends on my mood...

    Text Edit (OS X basic text app)

    Word (although I'm always worried that Word is going to somehow 'eat' my doc)

    or, a spiral-bound notebook with one of my favorite Pentel R.S.V.P. medium-point black ink pens.

    Of course nothing of any quality is ever produced using any sort of pen other than a Pentel R.S.V.P. medium-point black ink pen. LOLOLOLOLOL

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris_L
    I write with notepad. After I'm done writing, I copy and paste the text into Microsoft Word to double check spelling and grammar.
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  • Profile picture of the author CassieT
    Originally Posted by Ben Roy View Post

    Curious what software people use to write articles. I've seen a bunch of products out there like 'article writing software' or some such, but I just use Word. It seems to work pretty well. How about you guys?
    People write articles, software doesn't.

    I believe the closest thing to old-fashioned pen and paper (or typewriter) is MS Word.
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  • Profile picture of the author jennstall
    I use Notepad, and occasionally I will actually write out an article in long hand if I'm getting writer's block sitting in front of the screen or I'm away from my desk.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
      I've used notepad, open office, and word...and I'm sticking to word.

      Lots of PLR comes in Notepad but I always have to put it in word to edit. I hate having to hit enter to keep the words in order (notepad)

      Open Office is a good free alternative...but Word came with my laptop.

      At the end of the day...Microsoft Word is best for me.

      Cheers,

      Brad Spencer
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Roy
      Originally Posted by jennstall View Post

      I use Notepad, and occasionally I will actually write out an article in long hand if I'm getting writer's block sitting in front of the screen or I'm away from my desk.
      I highly doubt that I could actually write an entire 500 word article on paper. Besides that fact that it would be completely unintelligible, my hand would have cramped up by the second paragraph and I'd never make it to the end.

      Sometimes I get really angry that I had to suffer the indignity of getting my only 'C' every year in gradeschool in a class that would turn out to be not only completely unimportant to my life, but almost irrelevant to the world at large (handwriting).
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      • Profile picture of the author W.P. Allen
        I either write them myself or have someone at Need-An-Article.com write a few for me <---not affiliate link...
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      • Profile picture of the author jennstall
        Oh my hand does cramp. Horribly. LOL

        My handwriting is also horrendous and sometimes I can't even decipher it myself when I'm transcribing, but writing out long hand just has an amazing way of breaking through any blocks I have. Most of the time, I do what everyone else does. I type. Writing by hand is far too painful to do it all the time. I usually feel like a feeble arthritic cripple afterwards. But sometimes I just have to.

        Originally Posted by Ben Roy View Post

        I highly doubt that I could actually write an entire 500 word article on paper. Besides that fact that it would be completely unintelligible, my hand would have cramped up by the second paragraph and I'd never make it to the end.

        Sometimes I get really angry that I had to suffer the indignity of getting my only 'C' every year in gradeschool in a class that would turn out to be not only completely unimportant to my life, but almost irrelevant to the world at large (handwriting).
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  • Profile picture of the author tdpubs
    I've tried a variety of software for writing and settled on this routine:
    I use MS Word with a template that I set up for creating articles consistently. I then push the article through a program called Equi Buzz for checking keyword density. After that I copy and paste into article diretory. or Article Submitter.

    Dennis Francis
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  • Profile picture of the author TimS
    I use a combination of Article Architect and Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Great organization and great speed combined.
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  • Profile picture of the author SimonRiver
    I used to use instant article wizard, but it's such a, how do I put this, ineffective tool. Because the database that it references from and pulls articles from is very limited.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Caldbeck
      I have found that due to my total lack of writing/spelling/and grammer skills that it is better that I not attempt such things.

      So I do the next best thing...have my wife write them

      In the past I had asked her to just proofread what I had written, well she would end up re-writing just about the whole thing. So I just figured why not cut out the middle man (ME) and let her do it all.

      Kevin
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      • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
        I use Notepad as well and then spell check it afterwards.

        Alot quicker that way!
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  • Profile picture of the author noodle24
    Ben you have me beat! I use my good ol' fashioned text editor. It's never failed me!
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