Linux for professional writers

I'm looking to move to Linux, but I write professionally. Most publishers just want docx files. Is there a way to do this on Linux? I've looked into Emacs and Vim with pandoc, but I don't know if this will just give me problems in the future.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Bro do not use Linux just buy a MacBook. If you do real work and you’re not just an enthusiast or have some specific need for using a Linux distro, you’ll spend more time tinkering with the operating system than any working person should.

    T. Linux user

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's what I suspected... I just wanted to see if anyone here has any good suggestions. Currently using a Mac.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        My suggestion is that you continue to use your MacBook and change the appearance to “light” mode. Picrel is your new background.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Currently using a Mac.
        do you really not know how to
        >export .docx files in Pages
        >use LibreOffice
        >use OnlyOffice
        >use Google docs
        >use Word for Mac
        >use Word online

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    365 and meme M$ formats should cease to exist.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I agree

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Microsoft office suite is available as a web application and that makes it platform agnostic

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't think there's a way to get a docx out of an org file in emacs, but you can publish it into pretty much any other format and change the look of the result with css. There are also themes to make org mode prettier and add some WYSIWYG features.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >letting publishers determine your formatting
    LaTeX or go home

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Right? Like if you're going to demand docx, I'm not working for you. Find someone else. I'm a king. I make the rules.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Only academics use LaTeX,,,

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm a writer but I still convert all my stuff to docx because unfortunately the big publishers just have so much reach that you're fricking yourself by not going through them.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Have you run into any conversion issues

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Identing and line spacing but I just manually go through and correct it. Which is good to do anyways for a final draft.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Don't they edit shit anyway? Why can't they just take a text file?

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    LibreOffice

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How is docx conversion in your experience? I tried it years ago, and it wasn't that great.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Write in org-mode, with latex snippets, export to anything you like and just use pandoc

    https://lngnmn2.github.io/articles/the-simplest-workflow/

    /thread

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Would that be decent enough to send a docx to a publisher?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Either accept my document or don't. I don't care.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You can try using Pandoc and a template to get a docx from anything else you'd want. Or if you don't mind paying give Softmaker Office a try

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    libreoffice can import and export docx. onlyoffice also can and is closer to windows in output but worse as a word processor overall. i'm not sure about calligra but i know it imports docx at least.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Any linux distribution with Google office suite
    Or latex like a real autist

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Use Org Mode for outlining.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Also the beauty of emacs is it doesn't matter which OS you run it on, with your .emacs file and directory, it will run identically no matter where from MS-DOS to BeOS to Mac OS to Windows to Linux and BSD...

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No serious writer uses Linux or Windows.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You can use World on Linux through WINE.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Linux equivalents to Word and etc are a joke, comparatively. That's probably partially to do with Microshift and Crapple not revealing all of their products' specs and annoying intricacies, and thus forcing open source devs to do guesswork on how their own projects should handle things.
    But the fact still remains: If you asbolutely need your word processing software to just work, and work well, use Windows or a Mac.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    > most publishers just want docx files
    This is because journalists do not actually care about freedom, because they are in general low IQ and only notice stuff they are allowed to notice.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Most publishers just want docx files
    if youre okay with that suffering, just use google docs honestly

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Most publishers just want docx files. Is there a way to do this on Linux?
    LibreOffice can save .docx

    t. on somewhat similar boat

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ed(1)/nano + groff's mom macros or libreoffice

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cory Doctorow uses gedit on Linux.
    >I compose most of my fiction and long-form nonfic, as well as blog posts in Gedit, a text editor, usually with emacs keybindings.
    You can always export to RTF.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >docx
    Not even pdf? The frick, the problem with docx is it can fricked up the format if you open it using different program or even version

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Use vim to write markdown files which you can convert to docx using pandoc

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