Writers always make a huge deal about their tools; whether they are pens or the typewriter or even a computer. Most use Microsoft Word but the latest edition will set you back especially, in price. So, here are a few alternative softwares that writers can try as alternatives to MS Word.
It keeps distractions away and lets you get on with writing. Available on both Linux and Windows. You can even add the typewriter sound for effect and to give you the feel of using a typewriter!
Do you like screenwriting? Have a small team or work solo? Cletx is the software to go use then. You don’t get the high end collaboration tools of the costly stuff but being free, it is a great tool for straight forward screenwriting.
This software provides you an extremely stripped down user interface. This reduces distractions and leaves you alone with your thoughts. Once you’ve mastered using it, you can make blog posts, print publications and do much more.
A tool for budding screenwriters, it comes free with character name database, standardized layouts and oh, a PDF-generator!!
Built for Windows, this is an app that allows users to customize background image and even add musical accompaniment via an MP3 file. Set the mood and get writing!
We’re in the Age of the Kindle now. So, a lot of writers would rather publish their books directly as e-books. Sigil is built specifically for e-book editing and is available on Windows, Linux and Mac.
Want to make your words look as good as they sound? Well, try Scribus- it’s a free, highly-rated desktop publication application that allows you to create an entire magazine! A little challenging to use at first but is the best for short works.
It’s not strictly for writing but it is designed to help you make mind maps. It enables you to organize your thoughts, record all the leaping thoughts that help you create your story!
Now, this is a beauty. It highlights long, complicated sentences and even common grammatical errors. It also uses colour to bring home whether your writing is clear or not. It’s the tool if your ultimate aim is to communicate with maximum clarity!
This app is available only on Mac. Focusing on fiction writers, the app allows user to track the plot, settings and the characters of their novels. It also has specific tools to help you if you decide to self-publish the novel!