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Writing in emacs?
#1  ParaplegicRacer 05-31-2019, 05:19 AM
Is anyone writing in emacs and want to share their setup? Major modes, minor modes, handy keyboard mappings, export and conversion helpers?

I'm a Linux guy and gedit is just not cutting the mustard for me anymore. Atom has a whole slew of great and useful plugins, but it's a slow-starting beast. The cli toolchain is sucking too much of my time and energy (what was that pandoc flag?)

Tips and commented dotfile examples appreciated.

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#2  mobama 12-29-2019, 04:15 PM
Try Org mode in Emacs. It is good for outlines - headings versus paragraphs, where headings can be multi-level as needed. It is also instantly, without any configuring, good at navigating the outlines: When you open up a .org file, it displays the collapsed headings, go to the one you want to continue, expand it with Tab, and continue. Google and Youtube are full of intros.
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#3  Quoth 12-30-2019, 07:56 AM
Nano: Quick configuration edits. It's on most embedded stuff too.
vi: For people that have frenimies that are emacs users. vim is more common now.
KATE: Multiple tabs per text file and persistent sessions for groups of text. Notepad++ is similar for Windows. May need Oxygen icons and some libraries etc for all of the GUI to work.
And for Novels and any other large projects, not pure text, LibreOffice Writer. Styles are your friend. Edit in odt format but SaveAs to export .doc, .docx, RTF, XML etc. Also not bad PDF and HTML export. Use Calibre (.docx to epub, then epub to others) for ebooks rather than the Writer 5.x plugin or 6.x built in epub export. Or if you are an emacs addict, then use Sigil to make epubs.

I use KATE and LO Writer in side by side windows. KATE has all the notes & resources in tabs, a session per book series/project. Four years ago I was doing that with Notepad++ and MSWord 2002. I've not used the serious UNIX text editors since the late 1980s, instead I've used Nano for last 12+ years at least on Linux.
I used Star Office, Open Office etc on Windows and Linux till it became LibreOffice, at the same time as MS Word. Completely abandoned Windows a couple of months after win7 sales ended for main laptop, though I'd been using Linux on servers since 1999, and dual boot since 2004 on laptops. Started with MS Xenix and Cromemco Cromix in mid 1980s in parallel with DOS. Used ordinary Windows from 1991 and NT from 1994.

Oh and I use Regex in KATE and LO Writer. An optional feature of Find & Replace.
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#4  rcentros 12-30-2019, 09:24 AM
I like Jstar (JOE's WordStar variant).
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#5  latepaul 12-30-2019, 10:08 AM
I like wordgrinder but I've never written anything of any great length in it.
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#6  mobama 12-31-2019, 08:59 AM
Quote latepaul
I like wordgrinder but I've never written anything of any great length in it.
I also like wordgrinder, and it has the full potential for writing novels, but it falls short with scientific articles (footnotes, endnotes, formulas, graphs...).

Big graphical word processors like LibreOffice make it too difficult to configure the composing interface to your liking. They are stuck at the publishing interface, but the composing interface should be configurable, when you spend most time at composing, staring at the computer trying to get the job done. Formatting for publication should be a different procedure, a post-processing.

Wordgrinder and Emacs run at terminal, which you can configure to spare the eyes. Emacs Org mode has the ability to output perfect scientific formatting too (which takes some learning of course). Both programs are pretty good at saving and converting different text formats.

Edit: A good intro for Emacs org mode is perhaps this speech by its original creator, who at first needed a tool for notes for scientific articles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJTwQvgfgMM
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#7  rcentros 01-04-2020, 07:43 PM
Quote ParaplegicRacer
Is anyone writing in emacs and want to share their setup? Major modes, minor modes, handy keyboard mappings, export and conversion helpers?
Just tried it today. With hardly any effort (maybe extremely lucky) I was able to get Fountain up and running and it's pretty impressive. I've attached a couple screenshots. The Fountain Menu comes up automatically when you use the fountain extension. Something in-between a text editor and a screenplay application. (I don't normally use italics, I was just trying that feature.)
emacs0.jpg emacs.jpg 
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