Monday, August 9, 2010

Writing Tools

Finished chapter 23, 47,714 word count

Writing Tip: I use YWriter5. You can get a free download from
Here are some of the features as listed on the website:
"Organise your novel using a 'project'.
Add chapters to the project.
Add scenes, characters, items and locations.
Display the word count for every file in the project, along with a total.
Saves a log file every day, showing words per file and the total. (Tracks your progress)
Saves automatic backups at user-specified intervals.
Allows multiple scenes within chapters
Viewpoint character, goal, conflict and outcome fields for each scene.
Multiple characters per scene.
Storyboard view, a visual layout of your work.
Re-order scenes within chapters.
Drag and drop of chapters, scenes, characters, items and locations.
Automatic chapter renumbering. "
The reason it is so valuable to me is my many weird names need a central place of registry, so when I'm writing chapter 23, I can go back a find out how to spell that thingymajiggy I mentioned in chapter 3. Today I couldn't remember the name of a village. I am so glad I did't have to look through pages of manuscript.

Do you have a program you use? How about sharing what it is and why you like it?


  1. THank you for this information. I've been trying to use Snowflake Pro. I find it helpful, but I can't pass up something free.

  2. Wow, does such an awesome-sounding program really exist? O.O
    I've been using a combination of Microsoft Word (for my manuscript) and Microsoft OneNote (for my notes, outlines, etc.). I'll have to look into the one you mentioned. Thanks a bunch for the information!

  3. Is it free? I have a limited (ie, nonexistant) budget for writing tools

  4. @Galadriel Yes, it's free. I've been using it for about 2 years. No payment for anything. Not even add ons. I love it.

  5. Sounds awesome. I'm gonna go look into it right now! (Well, after I press Post Comment). ;)

  6. Amazing!! I gotta have Thanks for sharing. I don't have any good writing program installed on my home built computer so I have been just using Notepad =/ Thank you so much!