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When writing a novel, do you keep it in one long file, or do you break it up as you write it and put it in different documents??

The answer to this depends partly on the capabilities of the program you are using.

Last Spring, for my technical writing class, we had a requirement of being able to work on our project on the computers in the classroom... this meant I had to work in Word. And Word -- in my experience -- flaked out as soon as I hit 30 pages. (You might get more if there aren't graphics involved.)

We do 1000 page manuals at work, and the only software we'll use is FrameMaker by Adobe. Frame handles very large documents pretty well.

But, in my work writing, I find it handy to break a volume into separate documents (chapters). It has the advantage of being able to open multiple documents at one time... so I can copy or check what I've written in one chapter for use in another.


- Kate
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