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Free novel writing software yWriter

With the new E-readers dawn here there has never been a better time to write your own electronic book, this requires a fair amount of organisation and yWriter, a free novelist writing software will be of great help. The software has been developed by a programmer who is also writer, that is the best guarantee you can have that yWriter will whip into shape your book writing coordination needs tackling the problems that a real writer has, user suggestions are also being taken into account all the time.

yWriter allows you to easily organise your novel scenes and chapters, instead of relying on a word processor to write your novel and having to scroll it up and down to make sure the plot makes sense and can be understood, yWriter has a scene rating that can be used to track the qualities embedded in your novel and viewed in the form of a chart for easy reference, you can keep an eye on your characters preserving meaningful plot lines with drafts, and locations organized.

yWriter novelist writing software
yWriter novelist writing software

This novel writing software will create automatic backups of your work as you’re writing, it also creates automatic .zip files of the entire project and classifies them by date,  you can go back to a previous version of your story and start it all over from there any time you like.

Once you have finished writing your novel yWriter can export it as .rtf (rich text format) or HTML, both formats widely supported by all modern word processors. The last step for your ebook is probably open up the exported .rtf novel and polish it adding bold, italics and headers using a full featured word processor like LibreOffice.

Novelist software yWriter main features

  • Work schedule from outlining to completion
  • Long or short synopsis based on chapter and scene descriptions
  • Storyboard allows visual layout of your scenes
  • Scene list and scene cards
  • Add a list of characters, locations, and items
  • Number of scenes and word count for each viewpoint character
  • Scene ratings can then be viewed as a chart
  • Scene ratings can measure tension, humour, and any other qualities
  • Automatic chapter numbering

This novel writing software can import manuscripts from other word processors, it is intuitive, non distracting and incredibly easy to use, yWriter might not posses the fancy graphical interface that a paid for novelist software has but it will get the job done the same way with the added benefit that it is free. Novelists who like simplicity should feel at home using yWriter.

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3 replies on “Free novel writing software yWriter”

what if these novel writer softwares are mereley datawarehousing tools for some ‘other people’ or organizations who could steal ideas of other people like us writers.

Good point ray, what you say is truth of any other software, they all could be spying on you, how you make sure this does not happen is by using an updated antivirus and a good firewall. Downloading software from trusted sources only also helps a lot not to get spyware and trojans.

There is a long-lived myth with novel writers that someone is just waiting out there to ‘steal our idea’. Only it’s never ever ever happened. Why? Because novelists don’t get published because of great ideas. They get published because of great writing.

A good example is The Regulators by Richard Bachman and Desperation by Stephen King. Both are EXACTLY the same ‘idea’ and in fact both are written by the same man (Bachman is a King alias). King wanted to see how his alias would take the same idea and write a novel from it, and both are so different they are night and day. In fact no one steals entire manuscripts. Why? One it’s too easy to prove providence by dates on computer files, and Two the odds of ANY manuscript getting published are miniscule and of ANY manuscript getting published and making BIG money? Astronomical.

Any crook is better off robbing liquor stores. The problem for authors isn’t having our ideas stolen. It’s all the people who can’t wait to tell us THEIR idea that we can make a million dollars on and split…

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