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Novel Authoring Tools

In the old days, authoring a book was a laborious proposition. The process of writing words on a page may have been relatively easy (even in the days of typewriters), but the process of submitting your work to an editor and publisher to have it professionally proofed and authored was an ordeal, to put it lightly. Today, with software like Scrivener, the ability to create written work from drafting all the way to final formatting is easier than ever, with your hardest challenge now being the actual writing process itself. All is as it should be!

  1. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc. Outliner Organize your thoughts and snippets in a hierarchical manner. Organize them as you wish, reorganize them on the go.
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  2. Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.


  3. bibisco is a novel writing software that helps you to write your story, in a simple way.
  4. Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the world, it offers an integrated environment to brainstorm, draft, revise and even submit text on a professional level.
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  5. 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.
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  6. yWriter is a writing tool that uses "scenes" as a unit of text and allows you to associate that text with all manner of story elements (characters, locations, items) as well as place it and rearrange it within the context of chapters.
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  7. OmniOutliner is a start-to-finish writing app. Perfect for collecting information, outlining Big Ideas, adding structure to any sort of writing, and much more. From grocery lists to email drafts to long-form composition.
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  8. 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.
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  9. True Novelist provides a way for authors to write their novel online, organize their story, view statistics about their project and writing habits, set goals, keep track of related research, and more.

    Discontinued

    True Novelist is shutting down effective January 31st, 2022.

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  10. novelWriter is a Markdown-like text editor designed for writing novels and larger projects of many smaller plain text documents. It uses its own flavor of Markdown that supports a meta data syntax for comments, synopsis and cross-referencing between files.
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  11. 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.
  12. Tree editor for writers, makes outlining your stories and articles easy, fun, and convenient.
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  13. The writer’s choice of novel-writing tool. Online & offline, desktop and mobile. Chapter/scene organisation; version history; analytics & goals; advanced grammar check; export & publish to epub...everything you need to support your novel-writing.
  14. 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.
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  15. OmniaWrite is a next-generation cross-platform plain text editor engineered for creative writing. It is perfect for writing novels, lyrics, poems, essays, drafts and screenplays.
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