Alternatives to yWriter for all platforms with any license

  • Scrivener icon

    Scrivener

    Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool created specifically for writers of long texts such as novels and research papers. It won't try to tell you how to write - it just makes all the tools you have scattered...

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad

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    bibisco

    bibisco is a free and open source software for writing novels. With bibisco you can organize chapters and scenes, manage revisions, export novel in pdf or rtf, and write with a fully featured text editor. You can create a novel...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • It may not be as flexible as yWriter to move text between scenes and chapters.
      Guest • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Gingko

    Write and organize your ideas in Gingko tree documents. Whether building a business or writing a bestseller, Gingko lets your ideas flow naturally into place. Write, brainstorm, and organize your document, all in the same flow. ...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • Manuskript icon

    Manuskript

    Open-source tool for writers. With outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Organon icon

    Organon

    Organon is a plugin for LibreOffice and OpenOffice. Organon allows to split up large texts into parts, allows tagging and opening parts of the project in new tabs. Parts are shown in a treeview. Entries can be moved by...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux LibreOffice Apache OpenOffice

    • Organon splits up large texts like yWriter, but that is the limit of its comparison. It does not track fictional characters nor scenes.
      Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Quoll Writer

    Focus on your words not the interface. Quoll Writer is a writing application that helps you focus on your words. Clean and uncluttered. Feature rich. Features are where you would expect them to be.

    Open Source Windows

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    oStorybook

    oStorybook is a free, open source novel-writing software for creative writers, novelists and authors which will help you to keep an overview of multiple plot-lines while writing texts.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Trelby icon

    Trelby

    Trelby is simple, fast and elegantly laid out to make screenwriting simple. It is infinitely configurable. * Screenplay editor: Enforces correct script format and pagination, auto-completion, and spell checking. * Multiplatform :...

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 2.2, released in September 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Plume Creator

    With Plume Creator, organize your writing projects ! Scenes, notes, characters,... Rich Text editing, full screen editing and multiple projects … Plume Creator gives you an outliner, a distraction-free mode, a note manager and...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    SuperNotecard

    SuperNotecard is an intuitive tool that uses notecards to capture and organize your ideas. These virtual notecards can be moved into decks, arranged on the screen, or grouped and categorized with ease. SuperNotecard is fast...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • FreeWriter icon

    FreeWriter

    A full featured novel writing suite with unique features to help organize ideas and reporting.

    Freemium Windows

  • Writer's Cafè icon

    Writer's Cafè

    A powerful but fun writers environment that includes the StoryLines structuring tool, a notebook, journal, writing quotations, scrapbook organiser, a 60-page e-book and more.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    True Novelist

    Writing a novel is a large undertaking. True Novelist was created to make the process as easy as possible for authors.

    Free Web / Cloud

  • Final Draft icon

    Final Draft

    Use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling word processor specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stage plays.

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad

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    Storyist

    A powerful writing environment for novelists and screenwriters Do you have a story to tell? Unlike conventional word processors, Storyist helps you track your plot, characters, and settings, and keeps all of your writing organized...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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    Nimble Writer

    Nimble Writer is a general-purpose tool for writing stories, be it short fiction stories or even complete novels or books. It focuses on being distraction-free, simple, and fully customizable.

    Commercial Windows Steam

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    Liquid Story Binder XE

    Liquid Story Binder XE is a uniquely designed word processor for professional and aspiring authors, poets, and novelists. Writing software for those who require the editing ability of a commercial text editor as well as a document...

    Commercial Windows

    • Discontinued Last update was around 2011, can still be bought.
  • Plotline

    Desktop application to create organize characters, plotlines, scenes, and chapters. Includes a distraction-free editor so you can write your novel in peace!.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    StoryMill

    Storymill is a creative writing tool geared towards book writers; although, it could easily be used for other big creative writing projects, like scripts.

    Commercial Mac

    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 4.0.5, released in November 2011, can be still bought from the official website.
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    Novlr

    Online word processor and organizer for novel writing. Includes detailed, novel-specific statistics, chapter reorganization, and the ability to export your novel.

    Commercial Web / Cloud

  • BlankPage.io icon

    BlankPage.io

    Helps writers become authors. BlankPage is a full writing environment with a minimalist text editor, a powerful outlining tool, and social features all centered around motivational cues to help you keep writing.

    Commercial Web / Cloud

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    The Novel Factory

    The Novel Factory is software specifically designed to help in every aspect of novel writing, from conception to publication.

    Commercial Windows

  • Storyline Creator icon

    Storyline Creator

    Storyline Creator is an elegant tool to write stories ranging from short stories to novels. It makes it a breeze to draft ideas and to organize your scenes, characters and researched material - so you can focus on the creativity...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud

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    Paragraphs

    Paragraphs is an app just for writers. It was built for one thing and one thing only: writing. It gives you everything you need to create brilliant prose and does away with the rest.

    Commercial Mac

  • Pagefour icon

    Pagefour

    Windows software for novelists and creative writers. A tabbed word processor, outliner, and organizer all in one.

    Commercial Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.87, released in October 2014, can be still bought from the official website.
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    Writing Outliner

    Writing Outliner is an outliner that's seamlessly integrated with MS Word. The most important concept of Writing Outliner is project-based writing. A project in Writing Outliner is a long or complex text that you might work...

    Commercial Windows Microsoft Office Word

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    Yarny

    A simple to use online writing environment for the high-production, creative writer.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    Outline 4D

    Outline 4D is an outlining and writing program that lets you brainstorm, create, structure and organize your ideas. In addition to a traditional vertical single-pane outline format, Outline 4D has a horizontal timeline format that is...

    Commercial Windows

  • Novelize icon

    Novelize

    Novelize is an online novel writing app designed to keep authors on track. It can be used on any device.

    Commercial Web / Cloud

  • Wordslingr icon

    Wordslingr

    Wordslingr is the online word processor designed for writers. FEATURES Available on all devices. Real-time collaboration. Infinite revisions. Manage multiple projects. Create snapshots for feedback.

    Commercial Web / Cloud

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