Alternatives to Scrivener for Windows with any license

  • 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...

    • I used bibisco briefly a few years ago, and I remember it being packed to the brim with useful features. It's great for fiction writers because it gives them a variety of fields for defining their character. I felt the software was a bit too bulky for what I wanted, though. The best thing about bibisco is that it's 100% free, which is nice if your funds are limited, or if you aren't making a profit from your writing. thatmasquedgirlDec 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Laughably bad. Scrivener has the good sense to stay out of your way when you know what you're doing bibisco not only got in the way constantly (no, follow OUR tutorial!) it also insisted on doing it in, I kid you not, two inch caps. Is this some kind of joke? Guest • Nov 2017 • 23 agrees and 20 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is actually a better alternative to Scrivener because of its clear, organisation features. I wish I would have discovered this before I purchased Scrivener. Bibisco is much easier to use: You don't need lengthy tutorials to read just to get started. Hands down this is better. callywDec 2016 • 12 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • simple and very useful to know your characters! laurafeccoNov 2016 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Bibisco is free, has a very good design and structure that help to create a fiction book outline . The text editor is quite simple and working is quite intuitive. Guest • Dec 2016 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Microsoft Office Word

    Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor. Its...

    • MS Word is a word processor, not an authoring tool. It has no knowledge of scenes, let alone characters or locations or items. It has very limited ability to handle text that is *about* the document but *not part of* the document and attaches to no specific point, or multiple specific points, in the document. Guest • Oct 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • yWriter

    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...

    • In my traipsing about the world of effective writing applications, like many, I blindly downloaded and attempted to utilize Scrivener. As noted, this was an attempt and, to better, expound, it was a failed attempt as Scrivener lacks a WYSIWYG approach. yWriter, however, is an absolute gem providing all of the necessary development tools broken down in a logical format that follows the lifecycle of story development from inception to completion. Guest • Oct 2018 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's free, it's easy to use and intuitive. The only thing that would make ywriter better is if it had an option to sync to other devices or such. Seriously, this is so much better than scrivener! isahbellahMar 2017 • 3 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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

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  • Manuskript

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

    • Mostly because it's opensource but also because the interface and features are very similar ! DarkRedman13 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • There are many similar layout features compared to Scrivener. It also has a few features Scrivener seems to be missing or doesn't define clearly such as an outline process. However, it is very early development and has many bugs to work out. Guest • Jan 2017 • 9 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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...

    • Clean interface. No non-sense kind of software that has some of the same features of Scrivener. One particular feature I like is the software's ability to automatically link items, characters, places etc. to scenes, chapters, ideas, etc. so you know where every character, item, and place is. Great for keeping track of things in your novel. Has a few bugs here and there, but the developer is friendly, helpful, and responds back in a timely fashion. Guest • Jun 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • - free -clean, uncluttered interface - easy and intuitive to use Guest • Sep 2017 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free; solid; several features; customizable; new versions released quickly and with new features; developer very receptive; great for writing novels. marriemullerMar 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Shares many features, but little of the clutter. Guest • Sep 2016 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • SmartEdit Writer

    SmartEdit Writer (formerly Atomic Scribbler) is a project management and writing environment for novelists and short story writers working on Windows PCs. Writers use...

    • A Scrivener wannabe with a lot less clutter. Guest • Feb 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Simple and clean interface. Flexible structure of the novel that you prefer. Have nice sections for research and bits of text that you might someday use. Simply enough functions to just... start... writing! Guest • Nov 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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  • 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. ...

    • Essentially an advanced tree structure for an ongoing manuscript project. Possibly glance-base assistance to find sections but does nothing to contribute to the creative process. ndas1Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux LibreOffice Apache OpenOffice

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  • UV Outliner

    UV Outliner is a small and powerful single-pane outliner. It is intended for creating, organizing, and collecting information. With UV Outliner you can create plans...

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.4.4, released in October 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    Free Windows

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  • Amazon Storywriter

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

    • It's a very basic text editor, doesn't do much more than auto-format your text after you hit enter. No sections, no corkboard, just one document. Guest • Aug 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Cloud based, simple, and the power of Amazon behind it. Guest • Mar 2017 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS ... Chrome

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