Writing Software

I’m still working on this page, so more will be added this week.  If you are currently using a writing program, and would like to write a review of it, comment here and I will contact you.

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Here is a short list of different writing software including cost and platform.  If you have anything thoughts, pro or con, please leave a comment.  Also, I will be trying to dedicate a post to each with screen captures.  If there are any that you recommend that are not in the list, please let me know, and I will add them.

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yWriter

Cost: Free  Platform: Windows 7 and 8 / Windows Vista / Windows XP

yWriter is the program I am using.  It is simple to use.  It allows you to write scenes, and move them around easily into chapters, and it is easy to move the chapters around as well.  It tracks all characters and locations, and which scenes they appear in. You can write in the program, or copy in from another word processor, which is what I do as theirs does not include spelling and grammar checking. Also, it has no creative prompting or leading tools, which I like. It’s a free download, with no registration or expiration.

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WriteWay Pro

Cost: $24-$49  Platform: Windows 7 and 8 / Windows Vista / Windows XP

WriteWay Pro looks great. It allows you to write scenes and chapters, has a word processor.  It seems to have great reporting functions.  Depending on the version you buy, here is their list of features:

Book Organization: Acts, Chapters and Scenes Dynamic Outline: build your book outline on the fly Flexibility: write the way that works best for you Organize your book in up to 3 acts Composition: built-in full featured word processor Dictionary and Thesaurus Story NoteCards and NoteCard Templates Character Profiles, Templates and Data Pages Word/Page Count Tracking and deadline management Reports and Stats Organize your book in up to 9 acts   Synopsis: compose, print and/or export   Miscellaneous Pages: cover page, dedication, etc.   Storyboard your NoteCards for scenes, chapters and/or acts   Research Folders: store a book’s notes, images, URLs, etc.   Future Book Ideas Folder: shared between books   ARCs/Galleys: one click formatting, printing, exporting   Import your current work-in-progress from other sources   Numerous printing options   Export all or portions of your book to RTF files.

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Page Four

Cost: $35 Platform: Windows 7 and 8 / Windows Vista / Windows XP

From their website:

PageFour is a dedicated writing environment for creative writers. Where other word processors were built with the business user in mind, PageFour was designed to meet the needs of novelists and creative writers. It does not improve your prose or make you a better writer, only you can do that, but PageFour does make your job just that little bit easier.

  • Organize your work in a way that suits you.
  • Place your character summaries and plot outlines wherever you wish.
  • Chapters and notes, all at your fingertips.
  • PageFour’s powerful Search tool helps you quickly find that paragraph you wrote last week. No more Windows Search, or frantically opening document after document.
  • Password protect those sensitive Pages or chapters.
  • Spell checker dictionaries available in many languages – German, French, Spanish, etc

PageFour is a tabbed word processor, outliner, and organizer for writers. It has a simple structure based around Notebooks. Each Notebook contains as many Folders and Pages as you wish, and is structured in whichever manner best fits YOUR needs. Every writer works differently, and PageFour recognizes this.

Create a separate Notebook for each novel and another for your Blog or Journal. With PageFour, YOU build your working environment, you do not adapt to suit the software.

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Responses

  1. HI, my name is jeanette rice from greenville s,c. the comment i have, i have been writting a book for the past three years intitled,”Behind close doors.,secreats of the heart,MY Question is how do i go about gitting my book notice and published,

    • go to the publishing company the present your drafts or outline then wait untill they decide on it.

  2. I have been using Book Writer it seems to be very easy to use and reasonable. Try for your self. See what you think.Thanks!

  3. Thanks!! Very helpful 🙂

  4. I signed with a publisher but they have been hard to work with. what do you do in that case?

  5. I am looking for a dictation software to write a book with can anyone help me .

  6. I’m very new to writing software, and doubly limited in this respect because Linux is my OS of choice. So I’ve been playing with Plume Creator … free, cross platform for Linux and MSWin. So far I like it, but have little to compare it to. http://www.plume-creator.eu/site/index.php/en/

  7. My wife has just self-published a book on her life in China. She was born and raised there as a Christian. She went thru the early years of the Mao revolution and thru the cultural revolution few years later. Her story is a story of courage, faith and perseverance in the midst of harsh persecutions and repression. Wherever she visits churches to speak about her book they sell like hotcakes. However, we are not young anymore and our ages (late sixties)limit us as far as the work and energy required to promote a her book. We decided to find a good and trusted publisher to take over and market our book.
    Some publisher contacted us and wanted $3,000.00 to promote our book. Is that a fair price for a very promising book ?

    We need help.

    sashatem@yahoo.com

  8. Thanks for the advice, it’s good to know what others are using and their experiences with it.

  9. Hello. My name is Rick and have taken an interest in writing recently. I have researched several writing software programs and am wondering what your thoughts are on Scrivener software. Thanks

    • I have not personally dealt with Scrivner, but have several friends who use it and give it rave reviews. Now that it is available for windows, I may give it a go. I like to use what’s free, but they say Scrivner is worth every penny and is easier to move to epub.

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