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Are you running into road blocks with Microsoft Word? Try these alternatives.
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Alternatives to Microsoft Word

While Word remains the standard writing software for most traditional print publishing needs, it has serious limitations for anyone writing for digital-first publication. Here are a few alternatives to Word you'll find friendlier for digital publishing. (There's also Google Docs, but let's venture beyond that.)

Scrivener

1. Scrivener

If you're writing a book-length work, I highly recommend switching to Scrivener if you're a Mac user. Why?

It's a far better drafting, revision, and organizational tool than Microsoft Word.

The big drawback: There's a learning curve to Scrivener. Once you grasp the basics, however, you'll be hooked. It can export in many different formats, including Word and EPUB. 

If you need to learn Scrivener, here's an excellent online course. You might also find Michael Hyatt's post on Scrivener helpful. 

Note: There is also a PC version of Scrivener, but I anecdotally hear the Mac version is best.
Ulysses

2. Ulysses

It's a bit of a geeky tool, but Ulysses is an ideal writing software for anyone working primarily in digital-first channels, particularly ebooks. It offers a distraction-free writing environment that has a lot in common with Scrivener. Click here to learn more.
Gumroad

3. Poetica

This is a newly available cloud-based composition tool that focuses on editing and collaboration features. If you find Microsoft Word's Track Changes very clumsy or hard to follow, then give Poetica a try. It can export to Word.

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