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Posted by Franz Grieser
Mar 6, 2012 at 06:08 PM



>The true answer is: nothing. But I’m desperate.

Oh, oh.

Like Hugh and Dr. Andus I’d use Scrivener to break the manuscript into manageable chunks. And then edit in Scrivener or in Word or LibreOffice Writer (which I prefer). Though I wouldn’t use Word’s Track Changes feature (nor the one in LibreOffice) as I find unwieldy.

But if Ulysses gets the job done.



Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Mar 6, 2012 at 06:51 PM


First of all, thank you Hugh, Franz and Dr. Andus for your helpful suggestions. I will always welcome advice from this community,* which I respect and enjoy so much.

I have already chunked the manuscript up in Scrivener, but that’s as far as I got. If I could sit down with this project and concentrate on it for a couple of weeks, I think Scrivener would work great. But I don’t have that kind of time to devote to it. I can squeeze in a half an hour here, and hour there. But this is a job that really can’t be done in that way, because I lose track of my train of thought. That’s why I think that being able to annotate the manuscript chunks would be helpful.

I may look into Word, but I do not own a copy and would have to buy one. Not sure that’s in the cards.

And here’s the real truth: I suspect that the actual answer to this problem—one I’ve been trying to avoid—is to scrap this manuscript and start from scratch.** (Which is the advice I got from a professional editor who took a look at it.)

Anyway, I remain open to any other suggestions, and apologize to Dr. Andus for hi-jacking his thread.

Steve Z.

*Excpetion: advice on women from JBFrom.
**(In case anyone is curious, this project is a book-length history of the historic site that the organization I volunteer with wants to get published. We paid a local historian to write the manuscript—few people know the history of the site better than this man, but it turns out his writing skills are pretty inept. And, for the record, I questioned his writing skills before we hired him, but I was out voted by the committee.)


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Mar 6, 2012 at 07:03 PM


Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>I may look into Word, but I
>do not own a copy and would have to buy one. Not sure that’s in the cards.

My only reason for writing in Word is that everyone else seems to own it and it’s the only writing software most people know. You have brought back hope to me.

Re your project, I would take Franz’s argument further and note that Word’s Track Changes feature would be too unwieldy for such extensive rewriting.

I think that the best would be to view your undertaking as an ‘academic’ writing project, where the existing manuscript is the background that you are to use for writing your own text. Within this context, I believe that some methodologies have been discussed here in the past where the work can indeed be broken down into half-hour sprints.


Posted by JBfromBrainStormWFO
Mar 6, 2012 at 09:15 PM


“Excpetion: advice on women from JBFrom.”

Hahaha, touche.

Anyway, what’s to tell? They all just want a guy with a huge collection of PIMs.


Posted by Dr Andus
Mar 6, 2012 at 10:17 PM


JBfromBrainStormWFO wrote:
>“Excpetion: advice on women from JBFrom.”
> >Hahaha, touche.
> >Anyway, what’s to
>tell? They all just want a guy with a huge collection of PIMs. 

I’m sure we’ve all used the chat-up line: “Do you want to come in to see my PIM collection?”


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