Ghostword's picture
Ghostword from Cornwall is reading The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll December 18, 2014 - 7:13am

I'm hoping to upgrade to a computer which doesn't have Microsoft software.  Is there anyway that I can still take part in workshop if I don't have Word?

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Tim Johnson from Rockville, MD is reading Notes From a Necrophobe by T.C. Armstrong December 18, 2014 - 2:14pm

Sure, use Open Office or Neo Office, both free and open-source. You will probably have compatibility issues that will lead to wonkiness, but they are much better than they used to be, and your comments will get through.

I will say, though, that I'm a strong advocate of purchasing Microsoft Word if you're serious about your writing. The vast majority of publishers will request a .doc or .docx file in your submission, and I've learned that, even if you can save or convert to that file type from your preferred software, it's a really good idea to glance it over in Word before submitting it.

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TheScrivener from Seattle is reading short stories December 21, 2014 - 1:46pm

I have an apple and use Pages.  It can make .doc files, but is this good enough? I mean, a file type is a file type, right? 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated December 22, 2014 - 2:50pm

.doc that isn't from Office can be a little wonky, but mostly yeah.

Jim Woods's picture
Jim Woods from ohio is reading Fight Club December 23, 2014 - 11:10am

Check out Amazon or Ebay for older copies of Word.