I’ve been forced back to using OpenOffice.org’s Writer to compose my WIP – Tyrmia due to an unfortunate experience in Scrivener. While I loath using word processors for writing in general, the experience using Writer is less evil than using Word. I have even managed to set it up to look pretty good. But there are a few little things that I wish I could do.
1. I dearly want a user defined word dictionary that gets appended to the actual document that I am writing instead of the program that I am using to write the document. It should not matter whether I’m using Word or Writer, if I open my novel, I want the unique words of my novel to be recognized and not treated like red underlined pariah.
2. On that same note; if I add a word to my user defined dictionary, I want it to be smart enough to recognize the word when I happen to add an “s” to the end of it. I mean, come on, it does this with regular words. I know, the computer only knows what I tell it, but surely there could be a plural cause in the logic that recognizes the root word.
3. I love Andale Mono font. Please make it free so I can use it on Linux. Please!
I know these things probably don’t bother anyone else, if they did, they would have been solved by now. But man would it make my writing life so much easier.