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Pedestriana · 17/06/2015 09:54

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.

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TheCountessofFitzdotterel · 17/06/2015 14:06

Scrivener.
You can get a free trial.

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Pedestriana · 18/06/2015 08:38

Thanks Countess I will take a look.

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getinthesea · 18/06/2015 09:37

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

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schmalex · 18/06/2015 09:43

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.

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Pedestriana · 18/06/2015 16:32

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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