Good call on the extra info. Here it is:
I'm a writer.
I produce drafts ranging in volume from one page to several hundred pages.
I need the usual word processing functions, and I need to also be able to submit the drafts in a format that's compatible with my clients, most of whom are default Word users. I also have to be able to convert to PDF.
Thus far, I've been working from Pages, and converting the drafts to one of those two before sending. However, Pages has been corrupting my files as of late, and I need either a solution to the pages issue (I have a separate discussions thread on that), or I need an alternative.