Novel Writing Software

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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby TerryRodgers » Tue May 19, 2015 6:16 am

Martha12 wrote:I also don't use any writing software...


Just pencil and paper? ;)

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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby Pearly Gauthier » Tue May 19, 2015 6:27 pm

If you're writing a book, conducting research or maintaining a list of notes and ideas, just use Evernote.

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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby matiasw » Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:39 pm

I'm very satisfied with Scrivener! I'm using both a stationary Windows computer and a Macbook for my work, and having Scrivener on both, combined with a cloud service like Google Drive (just copying your project files into Drive) makes it work seamlessly. Although, I have to say that the Windows version of Scrivener lacks some of the functionality from the Mac version. Copy-pasting text from Word can really be a hassle, becuase Windows Scrivener formats the text all wrong when copying it from somewhere else. :roll: I find that having every piece of material related to your project gathered in one place can be very time-saving - at least it is for me. Another thing I really like about Scrivener is being able to write every scene in it's own document, and then use the corkboard view to get a nice overview of the whole project with all the different scenes presented as titled cards.

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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby James A. Ritchie » Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:33 am

matiasw wrote:I'm very satisfied with Scrivener! I'm using both a stationary Windows computer and a Macbook for my work, and having Scrivener on both, combined with a cloud service like Google Drive (just copying your project files into Drive) makes it work seamlessly. Although, I have to say that the Windows version of Scrivener lacks some of the functionality from the Mac version. Copy-pasting text from Word can really be a hassle, becuase Windows Scrivener formats the text all wrong when copying it from somewhere else. :roll: I find that having every piece of material related to your project gathered in one place can be very time-saving - at least it is for me. Another thing I really like about Scrivener is being able to write every scene in it's own document, and then use the corkboard view to get a nice overview of the whole project with all the different scenes presented as titled cards.


If you're a writer who isn't linear, who needs a lot of organization and note keeping, and who break a novel into many components when writing, Scrivener is probably the best software for the task.

I just sit down and start writing. I have one document, no notes, no separate scenes, etc., so I have no need for Scrivener, or any other software.

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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby matiasw » Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:27 pm

I see, then a tool like Scrivener gets pretty redudant in your case. I'm probably leaning more towards the "architect" way of writing, so it's nice to have a way of organizing things. :) I always wanted to be able to sit down and write freely like that, but it usually just ends up in a jumble. :lol:

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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby James A. Ritchie » Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:33 am

matiasw wrote:I see, then a tool like Scrivener gets pretty redudant in your case. I'm probably leaning more towards the "architect" way of writing, so it's nice to have a way of organizing things. :) I always wanted to be able to sit down and write freely like that, but it usually just ends up in a jumble. :lol:



I suspect the ability to sit down and just write is there because of the kind of writer you naturally are. When I started, I didn't even know there was an option. There was no software, of course, and no internet, at least that mattered. I hadn't read anything about being a writer, or about how to write, or anything else. Rolling a sheet in the typewriter and starting to type was the only way I could think to write that made sense.

In worked well, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn later that almost all my favorite writers wrote the same way, but I did only what seemed natural to me. I sat down and told a story. I still write the same way. Since this is how I write, and since I don't think in terms of scenes, and have no clue what will happen on the next page, let alone what will happen five or ten chapters later, and certainly no clue how the novel will end, organizational writing software is useless.

But many don't write this way, or anything resembling this way, and for them, organizational software can help keep everything coherent.

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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby ziongoldilux » Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:08 pm

Being a writer in this day and age entails you to be up to date with the latest writing tools. This list gives you the chance to choose which software is best for you. http://writersopt.com/book-writing-software-for-writers/

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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby karlalong » Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:41 am

ziongoldilux wrote:Being a writer in this day and age entails you to be up to date with the latest writing tools. This list gives you the chance to choose which software is best for you. http://writersopt.com/book-writing-software-for-writers/

Great list!

I prefer Scrivener. And also really like Hemingway Editor.
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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby williamadams » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:39 pm

this reminds me of an old scifi story

a little farther in the future
writers are using computers with AI to write stories for them

its a tough life each trying to make enough money to buy the lastest version of the newest AI competitor
so their stories will be good enough to sell and let them buy the lastest version of the next AI program

suddenly a writer from nowhere is the biggest seller
people never heard of him
the other writers try to find out what software he is using so they can get it too

one of them is able to hire an investigator who bugs the writers house
with a microphone and a camera so they can see him and find out what he is doing

turns out he is writing his stories himself on a manual typewriter
no computer with AI
not even a word processor on a pc

moral of the story is you dont need anything to write but your brain
if you use it
and if you do use it you are always going to be smarter (not faster) and better
than some AI program on a computer

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Re: Novel Writing Software

Postby cynicalwanderer » Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:50 pm

Just a quick note - this piece of useful creativity planning software is on sale at heavy discount for about another 24 hours: https://www.bundlestars.com/en/game/articy-draft-2-se

It's mostly intended for designing game worlds, dialogue, and so on, but could also be useful for straight fiction planning as well. I've bought a copy and haven't tried it out yet, but it looks good. Anyway, thought I'd pass it on in case it helps anyone. Here's the blurb:

This package includes:

articy:draft SE
articy:draft SE - Upgrade to articy:draft 2 SE DLC

Create, communicate and maintain an overview of your game vision. With articy:draft, a well established professional game design tool, these things are easy.

Create interactive stories, develop characters, manage objects and locations in an all in-one highly visual game design tool. articy:draft makes writing for games blindingly easy with its strong focus on non-linear storytelling. Build branching stories or dialogues and at the same time manage dramaturgy and player experience. You can create mission trees, game state graphs, and skill or tech trees with our unique flow editor. articy:draft also allows planning your levels and game worlds, designing all the objects in your game and even export the data for further use.

articy:draft SE is the single-user version of articy:draft and features everything from the professional single-user application. So you can benefit largely from the integrated workflow and asset management functionalities. articy:draft is the breakthrough tool for game design, drastically increasing efficiency and a joy to use throughout the entire production.

Key Features:

Manage complexity in non-linear story structures with choices.
Write screenplay-like dialogue scripts and convert them into branching structures.
Experience your game early: "Play" your story structure in an interactive, PowerPoint®-like presentation mode.
Create templates for items, weapons, vehicles and fill your database.
Import assets and connect them to your design data.
Export your data: Create XML files, Excel® spreadsheets, or Word® documents.
Excel Export and re-import ("Excel roundtrip").
Spell checking in 25 languages.
Basic scripting with conditions and instructions.
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