Text, Text, Text

In my opinion, choosing the right tool is often half the battle. This is especially true when it comes to writing. Of course, it’s always possible to use a popular WYSIWYG-program. However, most of the time, there’s a better option.

If you are fed up with typical “Office programs”, one of the following two systems might be for you.

Sciency texts

Includes: essays, papers, protocols, group projects and some homework
Personal Choice: \LaTeX

It takes some time to get used to latex. The learning curve is rather steep, which can be a bit frustrating.

However, once you’ve mastered the syntax, you can produce professional looking texts really fast. You don’t have to waste your time thinking about the look and feel of your document – latex takes care of that for you.

You might be thinking, “That’s nice, but I could also make a template in … and use that one!”, and that’s true. However, it will take you a lot of time to create a template that looks as professional as standard latex output. A lot.

Personally, I’m a great fan of latex. I love the elegant, classic look and the ease of use. It just feels nice to write latex – So simple, so professional.

If you haven’t already, give latex a try!

Creative Writing

Includes: stories, fan fiction, some homework
Personal Choice: Markdown

Writing good stories is hard enough – Why make it even harder by taking care of layouts manually? Markdown is very easy to learn and easy to use; you don’t even have to think about it.

What’s more, there are so many markdown-to-pdf converters you are guaranteed to find one you like.

Of course, there are many more options available. I’m not claiming that latex and markdown are the best choices for all people and use cases.
All I’m saying is, “Please – don’t stick to a program just because you’ve been using it for ages. If you don’t like it, try something new!”.

That’s all.


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