Software For Writers
The software listed below is designed not to become a crutch so much as a means by which you can train yourself to be a better writer and access greater and more powerful resources to help you create. I suppose, too, we all miss the tap of a typewriter as we work away at story or some piece of writing, but for many of us, the ease and efficiency of technology has enabled greater productivity. It shouldn't just enable productivity, but where and when possible, help us eliminate our Achilles heels as writers.
The software below will, hopefully, help you produce more and better writing.
Scrivener for Windows and Mac
Perhaps you've heard of Scriveners. It's a powerful content creation tool that operates much like Word, but with far more features to help organize not just your draft, but all of the supporting materials around it. For example, research for a particular chapter or chapter section is easily accessible so that you no longer have to go hunting through files to find relevant media (text, recordings of interviews, video, etc.). It's all right there.
Scrivener also makes it very easy to collect, order, file and access ideas on the fly. It helps you build an outline before you write and place relevant notes, research and other materials in the right place and in a manner that is intuitive to you.
For more on this software and its features, please click the link at right:
Scrivener for Windows
You can purchase Scrivener for Windows by following the link to the left. If you want a free trial version of the software, just click the link below:
Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X
You can buy the Mac version through the link to the right. Unfortunately, there isn't a trial offer available for Mac users.
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