It doesn't really matter how you get the words from your head onto a Web page except that the process should be as transparent as possible. That comes down to being comfortable with your computer and software and not letting them color your thoughts in any way.
Using pen and paper gives the ultimate in transparency but still needs somebody to decipher the handwriting and key it into a computer. Many writers still prefer an old fashioned typewriter but unless you are a very skilled typist, having to constantly retype revisions is a pain.
The suggestions that follow are ones that work for me, you might be happier with something else.
Microsoft Word is often accused about being over-bloated and unfriendly, and I don't entirely disagree with those sentiments.
Although it is called "Word" and you can manipulate words with it, I think that the term "document processor" is more accurate. If you are only interested in the words, there is far too much extra baggage. For all its customization possibilities, I'd still like to be able to disable (permanently hide) the 85% of it that I never use. I'd never, for instance, use it to create a Web page!
On the plus side, it catches most of my typos as I type (badly) but I have to switch off its grammar checking, which is just like an authoritarian English teacher with a stick ever poised to rap my knuckles.
|Ease of Use||95%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|'Must Have' Factor||100%|
|Price||From $149 (Mac Word/Entourage bundle)|
|Summary||Ubiquitous, if not perfect.|