Hello, my fellow writers. I was wondering if someone could help me with a problem I have.
You see I'm planning to start working on my first novella but I don't know if my current software, OpenOffice, will be adequate to use. It may work for me but I don't know if it will work for KDP as far as acceptable applications go. Microsoft Word is out of the question, as I am strapped for cash and won't be able to buy it at this point and time. So here is my question; Does anyone know of a free novel writing program that is both an alternative to Microsoft Word and acceptable to use for Kindle Direct Publishing? I would be very grateful if someone can assist me with this so I can download the proper software and start typing my novella.
You can write in whatever application works for you. Since you already have OpenOffice, go ahead and use it. Write your first draft, revise, edit, have others read it, revise some more, until you feel it's ready for publication. THEN worry about the format that KDP needs (.mobi or .epub is best for ebooks, but I've seen others use filtered HTML files, which OpenOffice should be able to produce).
I use Libre office. It is a newer version of Open Office.
They both work fine. You only need to save your work in .docx. That is the format that Word uses. It is one of the options when you save your work in Open Office.
I will advise you not to rely heavily on the Spell checker or the Grammar checker. I only have the spell checker turned on to keep me awake. They have a tendency to miss some words and the Grammar checker doesn't seem to know the difference in to, too, two. or things like that.
If you pick up a short book on Grammar and a good dictionary, you should do fine if you read slowly and have someone else read it for you. You will have a tendency to miss some things when you read your own writing.
KDP has spent millions so writers can upload a well-formatted Word doc and get it converted to a well-formatted mobi. Most word processing software can save as a doc, so it doesn't really matter which you use. However, if you don't know how to format (as opposed to using it as a magic typewriter) using whatever system you choose, then you need to learn before you publish. Otherwise, you will most likely end up publishing a mess, as many people do.