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Handy Linux Applications That Will Help You Write Your First Novel

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Writing a novel can be difficult. The very act of staring at a blank page and then coming out with intricately woven stories can be an arduous task. And, if that wasn't enough, after you finish writing your novel, you have to organize your manuscript, format it, and then mail it to your agent. Oh, what a pain!

Though we can't help you with the writing part, we can definitely suggest some tools that will help you better organize your manuscript. These tools, which work perfectly on Linux, let you write your novel, organize it, and then format it according to publishing standards. Moreover, they also let you compile your manuscript and export it into multiple formats by the push of a button. So, once you finish writing your novel, you can simply click a button and your novel will be ready to be published on Amazon bookstore and many other online e-book stores.

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