This week's topic:
What word processing program do you use to write your manuscript, and can you share one handy trick you've learned in that program that has helped you while you write?
This is my totally unexciting answer:
Last November during NaNoWriMo, I purchased a copy of Scrivener (there was a discount for NaNo members) and still have yet to try it. To be honest, I'm used to Word. I wrote my entire story and have revised it using this program. The idea of learning a new program with a bunch of bells and whistles that I'll never use is not overly appealing at this point. So, for the foreseeable future I'll be sticking with Word.
As for handy tricks, I've got nothing. CTR+F is about the most useful thing I've used (especially when I decided to change a character's name in my WiP O_o). I may not have any nifty tips, but I will share something that I did in Word when I started my revisions. I made a table with four columns: 1) The chapter number, 2) a few bullets outlining the contents of the chapter (since the chapters don't have titles, this was handy for locating scenes), 3) any alterations/additions for that particular chapter, and 4) the word count for each chapter (also important because I wanted to even out chapter lengths). My brain thinks in bullet lists and tables, so it's extremely useful to me to be able to organize my thoughts this way in my word processing program. I don't imagine this is overly high-tech or earth-shattering, but it has certainly been useful to me in the revision process.
Since I don't have anything new to teach you, I'll leave you with this mid-80s gem* instead:
I may or may not be sporting the same outfit as Cameo while I'm writing this post. Kidding... Or am I? W-O-R-D Up!
* And by 'gem' I really mean 'stinker'.