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In the past two weeks you have made a commitment to join National Novel Writing Month in November and looked at resources to help you plan your novel. This week are going to look at a few writing tools that can help you get that novel out of your head. Instead of focusing on more familar writing tools like paper and pencil/pen or Microsoft Word, we'll be looking at software especially geared towards writers. Make sure to hit "Read More" to see the paid writing tools as well as this week's assigment.
Free and Trial-Based Writing Tools
Scrivener is available for Mac and Windows users. This is one of the most popular writing programs out there. The special feature of this program is that you can get your story back out in multiple formats including Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, ePub, Mobi, Open Office, and HTML. You can use a trial version of Scrivener especially for NaNoWriMo which will last till December 7th.
Storyist is a Mac and iPad writing tool that "helps you track your plot, characters, and settings, and keeps all of your writing organized and accessible so you can focus on your manuscript." A trial version is available for NaNoWriMo writers. At the end of the month, you can then export to Mobi (which is Kindle friendly) or ePub.
Yarny is a cloud-based writing tool that automatically saves every word you write so you'll never lose your work. It is free for NaNo writers this November and will then go into subscription-based service along with a "free forever plan." The downside to this tool is that since your novel exists in the cloud, you will only be able to use it as long as you are online.
yWriter works on Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. It is a stand alone program which means that you will need your own back-up methods to keep your story safe. yWriter was developed by a computer programmer who is also a writer, so he developed a customized system which met his author needs.