Writing (general)

  • Hemingway Editor

    Commercial Mac Windows Web Website

    Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.
    The Hemingway Editor for Mac and PC highlights common errors. Use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words.


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  • StoriesOnBoard

    Commercial Windows Web Website

    StoriesOnBoard is a tool where you can break down your ambitious goals into tangible pieces. Then you can create a roadmap for reaching your goals by identifying the tasks that move toward them the most. By creating a story map you’ll be able to see the big picture any time, thus instead of losing in tiny details you can focus on your goals for reaching them in a timely fashion. You can share you story maps with your remote team members and your clients so you’ll be able to work with them online. We took special care to create a service that you’ll enjoy using in your everyday work. Try it for yourself, it's free! Your feedback is highly appreciated and will help us making our service to better fit your needs.


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  • bibisco

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Node.JS Website

    bibisco is a novel writing software that helps you to write your story, in a simple way.

    • bibisco is a desktop application available for Linux, MacOS and Windows in 13 languages: czech, dutch, french, german, english, italian, polish, portuguese (Brazil), portuguese (Portugal), russian, serbian, spanish, turkish.
    • All that you need - with bibisco you can organize chapters and scenes, manage revisions, export novel in pdf, docx., txt, epub. And, of course, write with a fully featured text editor, also in DISTRACTION FREE mode.
    • Organize your ideas - with bibisco you can create a novel structure, define premise, fabula, narrative strands and settings: geographic, temporal and social context.
    • Focus on characters - your novel works if its characters are believable, that is when you understand human nature's complexity. With bibisco you can KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR CHARACTERS, in an unusual and funny way: an INTERVIEW!
      *Going into the deep - with bibisco you can see how characters, locations and narrative strands are distributed chronologically and across chapters. You can keep track of the number of words and characters you've written and you can see your story represented on a TIMELINE. You can draw the relationships between characters, places and objects using the RELATIONSHIP DIAGRAM.
    • Set your writing goals - with bibisco you can set your writing goals: deadline, words total, words per day and monitor the status of their achievement over time.


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  • Typora

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Typora will give you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Replace them with a real live preview feature to help you concentrate the content itself.

    It has features of:

    1. Markdown support including tables, code fences with syntax highlight, LaTeX, Table of Contents.
    2. Cross-platform.
    3. The real live preview and WYSIWYG features.
    4. Beautiful interface and Custom CSS theme support.
    5. Easy export

    Typora will only be free during its Beta period. When it gets out of Beta, it will be a paid app.


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  • Storyline Creator

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Website

    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 instead of the paper war.


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  • FocusWriter

    Free Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

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


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  • Trelby

    Free Windows Linux Website

    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 : Behaves identically on all platforms, generating the exact same output.
    • Choice of view: Multiple views, including draft view, WYSIWYG mode, and fullscreen to suit your writing style.
    • Name database: Character name database containing over 200,000 names from various countries.
    • Reporting: Scene/location/character/dialogue reports.
    • Compare: Ability to compare scripts, so you know what changed between versions.
    • Import: Formatted text, Final Draft XML (.fdx).
    • Export: PDF, formatted text, HTML, RTF, Final Draft XML (.fdx).
    • PDF: Built-in, highly configurable PDF generator. Supports embedding your chosen font.
    • Free software: Licensed under the GPL, Trelby welcomes developers and screenwriters to contribute in making it more useful.


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  • RealtimeBoard

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Website

    Productivity-boosting tool that helps co-located teams create, discuss, collaborate, manage and release powerful products. .


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  • Yarny

    Freemium Web Website

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


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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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  • Outline 4D

    Commercial Windows Website

    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 an alternative to index cards, blocks, and traditional outlining systems. The Tracking Feature allows you to track anything you want in your project, as well as show connections between events and characters, objects or key words. Outline 4D is a re-branded version of StoryView.


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  • FeatureMap

    Freemium Mac Windows Website

    FeatureMap is a digital white board for flexible and realtime collaborative storymapping. FeatureMap - https://www.featuremap.co - embeds rich content and facilitates the transformation of storymapping / roadmapping to project management.

    == Top Feature ==
    FeatureMap - The best story mapping solution integrated with JIRA!

    With FeatureMap, organize and push your project structure in JIRA. Improve project control and communication by importing JIRA projects into FEATUREMAP

    == FeatureBlog ==

    A blog for managing products, teams and projects.


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  • Auteureist

    Commercial iPad Website

    Auteureist is a "novel" writing application for the Apple iPhone. Can export to some desktop software, like Small Scrivener iconScrivener . The website does a great job at documenting every feature, and there are a lot. If you're curious about the features, visit the documentation on the Auteureist main site.


    • Grammar checking
    • Comprehensive import and export capabilities including native FinalDraft and Scrivener.
    • Drafts
    • Achievements and motivation
    • Support for NaNoWriMo
    • Comprehensive documentation and support sites.
    • and so on.


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  • Typen

    Free Web Website

    Write and share anywhere, distraction free, on a customizable look. Plain text, unlimited space, easy to manage, free to use, customize the background, font and color. Track the number of characters written, words, lines, reading time, and more.


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  • Google Docs

    Free Web Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet ... iPad Website

    Google Docs is an online word processor, part of Small Google Drive iconGoogle Drive, that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time. Here's what you can do with Google Docs:

    • Upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document.
    • Add flair and formatting to your documents by adjusting margins, spacing, fonts, and colors — all that fun stuff.
    • Invite other people to collaborate on a document with you, giving them edit, comment or view access.
    • Collaborate online in real time and chat with other collaborators — right from inside the document.
    • View your document's revision history and roll back to any previous version.
    • Download a Google document to your desktop as a Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML or zip file.
    • Translate a document to a different language.
    • Email your documents to other people as attachments.


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  • Write or Die

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    Write or Die is an application for Windows, Mac and Linux which aims to eliminate writer's block by providing consequences for procrastination and rewards for accomplishment.


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  • Tablo

    Free Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Tablo is a community-based platform for avid readers and writers. It helps users share and discover new and interesting stories.


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  • WriteRoom

    Commercial Mac Website

    For Mac users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing. Requires Mac OS X 10.7+


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  • Dabble

    Commercial Mac Windows Web Website

    Craft your story. Write your novel. Dabble is software for writing novels for the desktop (Mac and Windows) and browser, syncing between computers.


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  • Bear

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad Website

    Bear is a beautiful and flexible writing app for note-taking and prose, both on the go for iOS devices and for the Mac OS desktop.


    • Stay organized by linking notes to each other.
    • Use hashtags to organize and add context to notes.
    • Notes are stored in plain text, easily portable.
    • Focus mode to keep you on track.
    • Advanced markdown with full in-line image support
    • Powerful search to easily find notes with Search Triggers.


    • Rich previews while writing so you see prose, not code
    • Advanced Markup Editor that supports and highlights over 20 programming languages
    • Use Cross-Note Links to build a body of work, quickly reference other notes, and more
    • Quickly add todos to individual notes to keep yourself on task
    • Multiple export options including HTML, PDF, DOCX, MD, JPG, and more
    • Smart Data Recognition of elements like links, emails, addresses, colors, and more to come
    • One-tap formatting on iPhone and iPad with a custom shortcut bar
    • Focus Mode hides notes and other options when it matters
    • All your notes are stored in plain text for the ultimate in portability
    • Effortless, secure, and private multi-device sync via iCloud
    • Regular updates to keep you and your writing current


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  • Realm Works

    Commercial Windows Website

    Realm Works is a database software and worldbuilding tool for roleplaying games.


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  • Quoll Writer

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    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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  • Flowstate

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad Website

    The world is a hive of distractions, multi-tasking, and cultural ADD. Many have sat down to write, only to find hours have vanished with nothing to show but a trail of browser tabs and Wiki pages. Flowstate challenges the writer to turn on, tune in, and block out. It is a digital tool developed from ancient writing disciplines.


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  • TheRightMargin

    Commercial Web Website

    TheRightMargin is a smart writing tool.

    TheRightMargin uses a goal-driven approach to help users finish what they write with smart suggestions, project goal breakdown, a visually delightful timeline and a beautiful writing space.


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  • Celtx

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

    Based on the Firefox engine, supports standards, visual storyboarding, production scheduling, publication & international languages MUI support. Free tutorials, videos & wiki are available from the site. There is a very helpful community too.

    Portable versions:

    Celtx uses an industry standard screenwriting editor typical for screenplays, stageplays, AV scripts, comic books or radio plays. Celtx also includes a rich text editor for outlines. Celtx also incorporates LaTeX in its Typeset feature which allows for more flexible templates & printing options.
    Project collaboration, management & storage
    Celtx offers a web service called Celtx Studios for advanced project collaboration & online file storage.

    Scripts can be uploaded to the Celtx Forum for public viewing, peer reviews & commentary.

    Celtx utilizes the open source Mozilla Sunbird to handle calendaring & production scheduling.

    Celtx features thirty-five different elements, such as Actor or Special Effects, that can be added to the project. These elements can have various information added to them, such as media or text. Celtx allows directors & writers to easily tag elements within each script. These tagged elements can then be automatically transferred to a script breakdown which allows production staffers to easily know what elements the script calls for.

    Pre-Visualization Tools

    Celtx allows people to create storyboard sequences, which can be printed or played using Celtx's built-in image viewer. These are also available to view on a project's website & can be played inside the browser.

    Sketch Tool
    The Sketch tool can be used to draw a sketch or setup which can also be added to your storyboard. The Sketch tool includes pre-loaded icons for cameras, lights & people that can be tagged with text & tools for drawing lines, arrows, shapes & text.


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  • Paragraphs

    Commercial Mac Website

    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.


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  • Persona by Mariner Software

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Persona is a character creation and organization app for writers. What makes the app unique is its sorting system: the user can match each character with an archetype in order to compare multiple characters at once to see how they might interact.


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    Commercial Web Website

    YARPS is a smart web application for creating and managing vivid worlds, planning and documenting your stories, enhancing your role-playing with portraits, interactive maps and music and for trading RPG content.


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  • Mariner Persona

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Persona is an innovative character development tool for fiction writers. Persona aids you in crafting archetypal themed characters and plots by using time-honored psychological principles to describe the motivations and interactions between different characterizations of people. Whether your story's hero is a brainiac talking fish or your villainess is an outcast orphanage owner, Persona helps you explore how each character's unique psychology and background influences their dealings and dialogue. Readers long for engrossing, character-driven narratives, but even the most experienced storytellers struggle to create strong, compelling characters. Persona is a unique and inspiring app that helps you organize and centralize your character data. Categorize characters by archetypes, fill in crucial background data, and more. If lack of inspiration is hurting your craft, you need a creative kick-start.


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  • StoryShop

    Freemium Web Website

    “A writer is a world trapped in a person.” ~Victor Hugo

    • Immerse yourself into 36 world building categories with customizable description fields.
    • Use tags and track appearances to coordinate rich and complex worlds.
    • DNA questions challenge you to think like your characters and go wherever they go.
    • Bring your vision to life with images, and map your world with relationships between characters and places.
    1. Plan, Order, Reorder your Ideas
      Whether you are a pantzer or planner, use our “Beats Mode” to organize and access your thoughts according to your personal flow.
    • Chapters and Scenes
    • Notes and Summaries
    • Leverage Templates
    1. Eliminate Distractions and Focus
      Escape unwanted noise in distraction-free mode while still having quick access to critical world details and plot points. Get into your flow and stay there.

    2. Take your Ideas to the Next Level with Collaboration
      Craft a better story by inviting others to apply their unique skillsets to the process.

    3. Any Time, Any Place
      No matter when the inspiration hits, or where your process takes you, access your content via the cloud and pound out the words before they escape.


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  • Wordslingr

    Commercial Web Website

    Wordslingr is the online word processor designed for writers.


    Available on all devices.
    Real-time collaboration.
    Infinite revisions.
    Manage multiple projects.
    Create snapshots for feedback.


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  • Nuclino

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS iPad Website

    Nuclino is a unified workspace where teams can bring all their knowledge, docs, and projects together in one place. It’s a modern, simple, and blazingly fast way to collaborate, without the chaos of files and folders, context switching, or silos.

    Nuclino is trusted by over 12,000 teams and companies across the world.


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  • CardBoard by SEP

    Freemium Web Website

    CardBoard is a simple tool to collaboratively discover your product, from user experiences to MVPs.


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  • oStorybook

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    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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  • Story Wars

    Free Web iPhone Chrome Web Store Website

    Where writers come together to collaborate and compete in each other's stories.


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  • Editsaurus

    Free Web Self-Hosted Website

    A tool to check creative and technical writing for potential improvements.

    Highlights hard and fast rules such as:

    Filler Words
    Passive Voice
    Lexical Illusions
    Common Misused Words


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  • Ulysses

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad Website

    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.

    Based around the concept of non-linear, semantic text editing, Ulysses provides a truly distraction-free and fully focused experience, without sacrificing any advanced features.

    It’s got everything you expect from a modern text editor – and then some:

    • Tabbed, single-window interface
    • Semantic text editing
    • True separation of presentation and content
    • Console mode (aka “distraction-free writing environment”)
    • Extensible export (PDF, DOC, RTF, TXT, HTML, ePub)
    • Project-wide, term-centric search & replace
    • Multiple document and project notes
    • Excerpts
    • Counters for characters, words & pages
    • Configurable metadata (Status, Label, Dates)
    • Integrated backup
    • Filters, groups and document collections
    • Coherent document previews
    • Text trash
    • Typewriter scrolling
    • Bookmarks and style-jumpers
    • Project templates
    • English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Hungarian and Czech localizations


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  • FreeWriter

    Free Windows Website

    FreeWriter is a fully featured writing software suite to assist in writing novels and reports.

    It provides a fresh, new, graphical approach to writing.

    It includes our revolutionary 'Thoughts Canvas' technology to harness your creativity - helping deliver clear, consistent, quality writing.

    The word processor contains all the powerful functionality you need to format and organize documents - including

    • spell checking
    • full dictionary
    • extensive thesaurus
    • global search and replace
    • automatic voice read-back
    • and also speech recognition.

    There are facilities to help you build out robust story elements - enabling you to profile characters, places, ideas & plot themes, each within their own module.

    You are even presented with tools to enable you to set productivity targets, and plot your progress against these!


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  • Springhole.net

    Free Web Website

    Offers things like writing tips, roleplaying, generators, prompts to inspire writers and artists.


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  • WordPress

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted PHP Cloudron Website

    WordPress is open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.


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  • Scabard

    Freemium Web Website

    Scabard is a rules neutral RPG campaign manager and planner. We have campaigns for D&D (various versions), Pathfinder, Traveller, Savage Worlds, Warhammer, and a host of others.


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  • Scrivener

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

    Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.


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  • Paper

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad Website

    “This is a super-clean writing space with a lot of configurability that stays out of sight when you don’t need it.”

    App Store Review,


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  • Amazon Storywriter

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS ... Chrome Website

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with features like auto-formatting, offline writing, and import/export.


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