I did a 1500 word submission for one project, and still broke it up into multiple files- one for each scene in the document. Having to have one long document is very hard to work with in my experience.
I'd rather have one interface where I can go from document to document in the same session.
And then there's the problem of formats... my client decided to have us submit over google docs, and google docs added in extra spaces, and completely messed up Word formatting, when it states that it imports Word documents.
But yeah, having something that has references to all of the documents that make up a larger document that can be opened and edited independently has become key to me, since I started writing semi-professionally.
I understand the allure of a single program. But can be done separately.
You can do outlining separately. Even in a sticky or a mindmap, depending on your need. In a small, always on top, window.
Then you can write in anything. Even WriteMonkey will allow easy switching between sections.
What you lose is the automatic re-ordering when you change your outline.
I would always separate formatting from writing even if I intend to use the same program for both. The formatting stage is when I will stick all the files together as one document.
The issue of references and research is a little more complex.
- Have they all be garnered for this particular piece of work?
- Will you use them later?
- Have they been selected from a much larger repository?
The first is much simpler.
But for any, you could just use OneNote (or other equivalent) and have a section or page for you project and have them available on that. And then do your writing on whatever you fancy.
You will note that I am separating the concept of a chunk of the work, from external references. I regard them differently, you may not need to.