Software for authors

(6 Posts)
Pedestriana Wed 17-Jun-15 09:54:19

I'm just wondering if anyone uses software to assist them in the writing process? I have just started to write a novel, having had the characters rattling around in my head for several years.
At the moment, I've a 'hard copy' folder with lots of notes, and I'm currently researching the factual background to some events which will be embedded in the plot.
I have no experience of using software for this purpose, but found several interesting looking - and more importantly, FREE - resources are out there. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations?

At present, I've got my own 'character sheet' templates, and a plot timeline in the form of a calendar. Not yet worked out how many chapters.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 17-Jun-15 14:06:08

Scrivener.
You can get a free trial.

Pedestriana Thu 18-Jun-15 08:38:20

Thanks Countess I will take a look.

getinthesea Thu 18-Jun-15 09:37:15

Another vote for Scrivener. I can't imagine life without it now.

schmalex Thu 18-Jun-15 09:43:05

Yep, Scrivener is amazing. It is worth spending the time doing a tutorial to get to grips with it as it can be a bit intimidating to start with.

Pedestriana Thu 18-Jun-15 16:32:16

Just had a look at an 'introduction to' online and it looks very useful - seems really adaptable, and pretty affordable. I think I'll sign up for a free trial!

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