This article will feature writing software that could make writing easier and more productive. While traditional word processors such as Microsoft Word fulfil the basic job of allowing users to put words on the page, embarking on larger writing projects can be made much easier with tools specially created for writers.
WriteItNow is known for its character tab, which allows amazingly detailed character building. Character traits and behaviors can be assigned numerical values, encouraging consistency and helping authors develop compelling character arcs.
Nifty functions are available for adding notes and tracking timelines. The ‘events graph’ feature even allows you to view different strands of the plot from the point of view of different characters.
The software gives users direct access to the web from within the user interface. Search categories in the web menu include a general search, an image search, a dictionary, a thesaurus, an encyclopedia, quotes and rhymes. Each search has a corresponding keyboard command, so users can save time by simply pressing the command to be directed to the appropriate resource.
WriteItNow can export files in a variety of formats—RTF, PDF, HTML, ePub and Microsoft Word, making it easy to have your work available for reading on different platforms.
WriteWay ensures it stays relevant to writers’ needs by being continually updated with new features. Its features allow you to write and edit efficiently, plan and organise your writing, and motivate yourself by setting writing targets.
Like WriteItNow, it allows users to create databases on characters and locations, but also offers useful templates and suggestions to help combat writer’s block.
What’s cool is that WriteWay is now free to use. It used to be available for download at a fee.
Scrivener is a project management tool and word processor, which makes it especially suitable for long writing projects. Its features include research file organisation, a corkboard and outlining and scriptwriting tools.
Scrivener is also great for writing non-fiction work such as academic papers. Users will appreciate the useful academic templates for writing papers, essays, and dissertations in common style formats such as APA and MLA.
This is a good place to start if you are new to writing software. It is free and designed with novelists in mind.
Hassle-free and easy to use, yWriter also helps to keep work organised by breaking up writing into chapters and appropriately sized scenes or sections, and keeps a tab on where everything is. The storyboard function is useful for novelists, and non-fiction writers will also benefit from seeing the overall flow of their writing.
This is a desktop publishing application that allows you to write and design beautiful magazines and books without InDesign.
Scribus supports professional publishing features such as CMYK colours. It also comes equipped with features such as powerful vector drawing tools and the emulation of color blindness.
There are a lot of professional layout tools like Scribus available for sale, but most of these are expensive. This is what makes Scribus compelling. It is an advanced tool that offers the same features, but free of charge.
I hope you found some of these useful! Let me know which works the best for you.