Writing Software Recommendations

By eugena On December 13th, 2012

As a writer, I want to point out that first and foremost, writing software cannot make you into a better writer.  It can encourage you to write more, and with more practice, be better at your craft.  It can make the task of writing easier for you.

With that disclaimer out of the way, I would like to recommend Scrivener for writing novels.

I used to type predominantly on Microsoft Office Word, but that became difficult starting in the 2007 edition.  The addition of the “Normal” style made it easy to accidentally apply formatting I did not want to text or to have the program itself apply “Normal” without directing it to do so.  Typing a novel on Word was very inconvenient when I wanted to make edits and move portions of the text to a different location in the novel.

After using Scrivener during a free trial period, this problem has gone.  With Scrivener, I can type a scene and later easily click and drag that scene elsewhere.  It works very well in a binder system, separating novel content from notes and research.  Scrivener comes with templates, but I have made modified templates for my own novels, which I would recommend many users do.

I would recommend for any author to try this software out for himself or herself.

Although I have not tried out Scrivener’s screenwriting templates, I would not recommend Scrivener for screenwriters.  If a screenwriter can afford it, I would recommend Final Draft software.  I have an older version of Final Draft and last I used it, it was up to industry standards for formatting, etc.

For More Information on Scrivener:

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

For More Information on Final Draft:

http://www.finaldraft.com/

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