I have written about 15 pages of my CS thesis in LaTeX using the LyX editor. Its amazing. I am saving so much time! Thanks a ton for the suggestion.
If you’re writing a paper, the more technical the better, I highly recommend using the LyX editor. With LyX you don’t have to learn the actual LaTeX syntax, which saves a lot of time. The UI is great and it is packed with functionality. It comes with good documentation. Exporting documents to DVI and PDF works marvelously. I usually use it on SuSE Linux but it also works on my Mac OS X box. If you’re on Linux, your distribution probably has a lyx package you can install using the distro’s package manager. If you’re on Mac OS X, follow the instructions on this page to run LyX with an Aqua user interface: