Trying New Writing Software

Ever since I finished my rough draft, I’ve been working on organizing my thoughts and figuring out exactly what I want this book to say. Unfortunately, my writing software–an ancient version of Microsoft Word–isn’t cooperating very well.

There’s a lot going on in my story, at least to me. I have a huge world, and I’m not even sure how many micro-worlds exist within that world. Then there are the characters. I have two POV characters. Two major villains. Many minor characters. Many plot threads.

It’s hard keeping track of all those details. I have a Word document of notes, and I’ve tried using spreadsheets, but I hate going back and forth between different apps. I’ve also tried Google Docs and, while it’s great for critiques, I don’t like writing in it.

It’s time to try new writing software

Even though I’m okay with pantsing my way through a rough draft, and I don’t need anything sophisticated for that, I think this is a good time to look into different options that will help me keep track of details in my later drafts.

I’m looking for writing software that might help me organize my thoughts while I work.

Scrivener is a popular option. But it seems like all of their best features are only available for Macs at the moment, and I don’t have a Mac. Apparently they’re very slow to roll out PC updates (Scrivener 3 has been out for macOS since 2017, and it’s still not available for Windows), and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

However, thanks to AlternativeTo, I found several similar writing programs. I’m checking out a few options right now, and I’ll post again soon with an update. I’m using Quoll Writer for the moment, but I might try some others before I settle.

What do you use?

Do you have a favorite writing program? Are you the type who prefers to write by hand, or even typewriter? Please leave a comment and let me know! I’m definitely open to new software recommendations.

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