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I started puting up poetry as a hobby & it will probably stay that way for some time, yet I wonder if I should be formatting them on my computer in such a way as to be conducive to publishing.
A bit like Reward Points, you don't give them much thought untill you have enough to do something with. I'd hate to have bits & pieces scattered here & there & be faced with an enormous task if & when I had enough for a paperback.
Can any of our resident accomplished authors offer any advice on appropriate 'word' programs & formatting requirements?

Coming from an Anglo-Celtic backgroud I have an interest in English history though being of a working class environment my interest is higher than general knowledge but not so accute as to be termed historian.
I can be somewhat political & playing the Devil's Advocate on occasions gives people a false perception of my ideals.

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by ozpink

oz, I don't know how much advice I can offer because I don't write poetry, but why not categorize them into themes. I use rich text format for my novels.

Best of luck


( Posted by: kimberly bird [Member] On: January 29, 2004 )

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Hi, Oz:

I use a couple of different writing tools, neither of which are mainstream word processors. The first tool is a freeware application called KeyNote (point your favourite browser to It's hard to explain how it works -- the screenshots tell you much better than I could. As a computer programmer, I write a lot of documentation and I've found the tabbed tree-style note structure is ideal for entering a jumble of things all at once, and then sorting them into a usable sequence later. Plus, you can export your various notes to RTF if you so desire. I couldn't live without it.

The second tool is one called LyX ( Again, it's freeware. LyX is not a word processor, per se, it's a document processor. As such, it takes a bit of getting used to, since it doesn't work exactly like Word does. The advantage is that, once you've told LyX what type of document you're preparing, it will take a lot of the grunt formatting work off your hands, allowing you to focus on the content of your writing rather than the form.

Last year, my wife decided that we should all make Christmas presents instead of buying them. I'm an idiot with tools or anything like that, so in desperation I wrote everyone a little book. I punched the text into LyX and with a related tool "published" the results into PDF. I then printed the PDFs and wrapped them up under the tree. The finished products looked wonderful -- very professional.

Hope this helps.


( Posted by: DeanPowell [Member] On: January 29, 2004 )

Thanks Dean & kimberly for your help.

( Posted by: ozpink [Member] On: January 29, 2004 )

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