Every writer I’ve met has a favorite word processor, ranging from notepad, to specialized software designed solely to help you write that award winning novel.
So, not wanting to feel left out I’ve tried a bunch.
- Writeway. Is not only free, someone who uses it every day recommended it. Yet, for reasons known only to the software gods, I can’t get it to install on my computer. –So that one’s right out.
- Scrivener was designed with novelists in mind. My initial problem was that it’s powerful and thus confusing. But now that I’ve had some time to play with it, I decided it’s worth the $40.
It took me quite a while to figure out how to get it to do what I wanted the way I wanted. So my advice is to try the demo, and play with it for a couple of weeks before spending any money.
- It’s not a word processor and I haven’t paid for Scrapple, yet, but I’m giving it a shot. It provides you with a different way to storyboard or mind map your plot. –Whether it will be useful, or another toy I wind up shelving, remains to be seen.
- Then there’s the Hemingway App. It’s interesting, because in a world full of word processors, all it does is help you tighten up your text.
It does this by keeping track of adverbs, passive voice, phrases that have simpler alternatives, and hard to read sentences. Although Hemingway’s definition of hard to read sentences appears to be based solely on word count.
- Another program in the “not a word processor” category is Scrapple. It provides you with a different way to storyboard or mind map your plot. –Whether it will be useful, or another toy I wind up shelving, remains to be seen.
Here are other software I’ve looked at.
Power Structure is $99 with a 30 day trial.
DramaticaPro is $129 with a demo copy that does everything but print or save.
WriteItNow 5 is $69 with a demo copy that does everything but save.
Freewriter free with a $19 Professional version. –I couldn’t find any information on the upgrade and several buttons in their support section didn’t work. —To me that’s not a good sign.
Scrollistic free from the Microsoft store, with $9.99 in-app purchases.
Novel Factory $39.99 with a free, fully functional 14 day trial. -I gave it a whirl, but I prefer Scrivener. (Probably because I’d already been using Scrivener for almost a week and was finally getting used to it.)
As a side note:
Scrivener has a special edition just for Nanowrimo. If you win you get 50% off and if you only try you get 20% off.
For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month.
“On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”
Yuppers. You read that right, 50,000 words in one month. Think you got it in you?