Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday's Thought: Are Writing Softwares Useful?

There are several writing softwares that many authors, screenwriters, and comic book writers use to construct their stories. Popular ones include Scrivener, yWriter, and NewNovelist. Although these softwares have fairly good reviews, is it worth the cost when you can use Microsoft Word to write your novel for free?

Recently I downloaded the free trial of Scrivener, and so far I like it for many reasons - one reason is because it helps with organizing your thoughts. You can separate your chapters, scenes, outlines, etc. into different folders and sections along the side of the screen. I also love how you can maximize the software, which gives you the entire screen to write your novel. This is a great advantage, since Microsoft Word doesn't allow you to maximize it on the Mac. Overall, I believe that if you are an unorganized writer (like myself), buying one of these softwares may not be a bad idea.


What do you think?
Have you used a writing software before?
Which one is your favorite, and do they really make writing easier?


  1. I'm definitely going to get the free Scrivener, and I might consider the discounted one you get for winning nano.

    I think all that stuff might actually come in handy for me. As if, when I'm finished the MS, I transfer chapters to index cards so I can seperate and sort. And Scrivener will save me that.

  2. Oh, wanted to say, ask. Wow, will you tell me what your book's like? I'd so love to know. You intrigued me! :D What's it like?

    Oh, and your post about music themes, you're dead on. Only today, I was writing such a sad scene for Ithilwen (my heroine) and then a really sad song started playing and I almost started crying! :)

    But I love your blog. And I'm sure I'll be hanging around regularly. Are you on NaNoWriMo? If so, search up Pepper Darcy, that's my NaNoWriMo name. :)

  3. Thanks Ithilwen! I responded to you on your blog.

    God bless,



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