Originally Posted by Steve Jordan
I use many tools based on their ability to easily 'port to multiple platforms, including my PC and my PDA. Therefore, I use the basic notepad app to write outlines and story/character notes, and Word 2007 to write the actual novel. The 2007 format and notepad allow me to import the novel and notes to my PDA and back, to write or edit at home or on the go as I am inspired. Converting the finished Word doc to Word 97-2003 allows me to import it into multiple apps for conversion to other e-book formats.
At the moment I'm using primarily Scrivener because it's got everything all in one package, and has a really good export to HTML, that when run through Stanza > ePub generates a Chapter TOC without much work. Also you can put all your research in there, write full screen, set target goals for the writing and all kinds of other nifty stuff. I was using Pages but it's too damn slow, Office 2008 is even slower, Openoffice is the slowest of all. I then switched to Bean, but it did something funky and I lost 2,000 words the other night.