Novel writing

Planning, creating, brainstorming and publishing a novel is easier with the right tools in hands. I only put here good tools that I tried myself.
I classified them by utility and then by resemblance. I hope it would be useful for you.

  • Freeplane

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Java Website

    Plan your novel, add notes and notes again, reminders and everything you need.


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  • Planning and brainstorming

    Planning tool : First of all you have to generate ideas, linking them together and make them sounds right.

  • Heimer

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Free and simple Mindmapping tool. Simple but effecient, you can build quick chart and mind to brainstorm and reorder ideas.


  • Mindomo

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Chrome Safari Software as a Service (SaaS) Firefox Website

    Mindmap, charts and outlines, this piece of software would help you a lot ! However, the free plan is limited to 40 "subtopics" (the cases of a mind-map) and you'll to subscribe for the online version or buy the offline desktop. The application is really powerful.


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  • Indigrid

    Free Windows Website

    Free outliner tool with side-by-side view. Brainstorming is simplier, deeper and quicker than ever, a very cool tool to write without caring about presentation. Write and write and tadam you have your plan !


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  • TreeSheets

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Free and easy to use, TreeSheets is somewhere between charts, outliner and table. It is a really cool piece of software which would help you to outline your novel, gives informations and ordering them.


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  • Joplin

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Chrome Termux Firefox Website

    Open source to-do and writing application. So useful to plan your novel, take notes and ideas, organise them by tags and notebooks... A great alternative to Evernote and so.


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  • Inspire Writer

    Commercial Windows Windows S Website

    Ulysses for Windows - nice UI, clean and neat markdown, quick editing tools. You can plan your novel with folders, sub-folders and colored labels, take your research here, and like with websites.


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  • World construction and planning

  • Plottr

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Website

    Visual tool to plott and plan your novel. Paid software but soft price for a well done tool. You can make your timelines with differents line and characters, make characters cards, locations and places, and TAGS ! You can set tags on everything piece of information, so you'll be able to find it quickly.


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  • Campfire Pro

    Commercial Windows Steam Website

    This software is a special tool made for writers and RPgamers. You can create your univers and making your own datasheet, integrate pictures to create the good atmosphere. It integrates a timeline tool and a really original tool with the pining map location.


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  • Quoll Writer

    Free Windows Website

    Clever app to create characters, locations and write your novels. You can create custom categories with custom data templates.


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    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Website

    Useful set of tools for writers and game creators : just like Campfire, it allows you to create multiple characters, locations for the freemium version... foods, sports, vehicles, traditions or scenes with the premium features.

  • Airtable

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    Are you constructing a whole world ? OMG maybe you need your own datasheet with sortable lignes ? Airtable can help you.


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  • Symphytum

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Personal database software, free and simple to make list and collections. It can help you to add elements on your world on the flow and put in order to find them later.


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  • Notion

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    Custom databses is not enough for you ? No problem, Notion can help you to handle your project with ease. For example, a line in a table can become a page of its own which contains an other tables. Pages can contain text, text and images with gallery pictures, tables and datas, dates, kanban tool and planning dates.


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  • Trilium Notes

    Free Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted Chrome ... Cloudron Firefox Website

    Free and open source, Trilium Notes is wiki portable application. Nice UI and rich text writing tools, Trilium is realy great to organise information in deep tree level. Displays images, links, code, and everything you'll need to create your world and your characters.


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  • Writing and creating

    Awesome worlds and writing tools helps to create big worlds with a lot of datas. Sometimes, finding an information could be a pain in the ass... But hey ! You can give a try to this softwares !

  • Scrivener

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad PlayOnLinux (PlayOnMac) ... Wine Website

    For fiction and non-fiction writer, Scrivener is one of the best choice. You can make wikis inside of the app, with folder, sub-folders, sub-sub-folders and documents, modify metadatas, create visual layout to change the application.


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  • Manuskript

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    The free alternative to Scrivener. Nice UI, open source and powerfull.


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  • SmartEdit Writer

    Free Windows Website

    Smart as its name, the software allows you to keeps you notes and research at the right side of the screen in a separate tree view files. So usefull that this software is almost perfect. Yes, it is lacking a "theme" construction to do not have handpick the police and the height of the characters sets. I would dream of it with an option to save my sets my a "title 01" - "subtitle" etc labels.


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  • yWriter

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Wine Mono Website

    Free, powerfull features, and pre-made tables to store everything you'll need for writing your novels.


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  • Wavemaker

    Free Web Website

    Awesome free software. It is a Chrome extension, with cloud synchronization and offline mode. You plan your novel with cards, you can use the snowflake method, create mindmap and a cards kanban tools too.


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  • Nimble Writer

    Commercial Windows Steam Website

    HTML, PDF and E-Pub exporting tools, free distraction and personalized.


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  • Worst Draft

    Free Mac Windows Linux Java Website

    Worst Draft is a Java-based, minimalist word processor that removes access to the two biggest roadblocks for writers: editing & distractions.


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  • Writing and publishing

    OK now let's get serious. You have finish your planing writing and the first draw and so on ? Now it is time to finish your novel and writing for being published.

  • Typora

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    So so so so perfect. I am in love with this clean, beautiful and no-distraction app. Free, Typora comes to you with folders and files gestion tools at the left bar, clean and CSS files themes sets you can personalize and Markdown editing style. The Markdown here is so fluid that you'll regret it as soon as you'll quite Typora for an other writing tool. It saves files in the .md format so you can open it with every software. You can export you files in pdf and epub formats too.


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  • LibreOffice

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    The free and open source powerful office suite. Traditional text editor for writers, students and every people who needs this.


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  • ghostwriter

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Free and open source text editor with Markdown feature to write as fast as the wind !


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  • FocusWriter

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Simple but configurable and themeable, distraction-free text editor for writers. Open-source and available across desktop platforms.


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  • iA Writer

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Website

    The key to good writing is not that magical glass of Bordeaux, the right kind of tobacco or that groovy background music. The key is focus. What you need to write well is a spartan setting that allows you to fully concentrate on your text and nothing but your text. Many professional writers use SimpleText or Textedit because these are the only writing programs that are totally distraction free. But text editors are not perfect. That's why we made Writer.


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