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    yWriter is described as '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' and is a popular Novel Authoring Tool in the News & Books category. There are more than 50 alternatives to yWriter for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, Linux and SaaS. Most alternatives are Novel Authoring Tools and Word Processors. The best alternative is Microsoft Word. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Manuskript or bibisco. Other great apps like yWriter are Scrivener (Paid), Hemingway Editor (Paid), Quoll Writer (Free, Open Source) and Ulysses (Paid).

    This page was last updated Feb 26, 2022
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    1. Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.
    2. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.
      Manuskript vs yWriter opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Manuskript is a great alternative to yWriter.
      Manuskript combines concepts and functions of yWriter, Novel Factory and Scrivener. It's a bit rough in its presentation, but a good alternative for anyone who can't decide between the aforementioned tools.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago


    3. Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.
      Scrivener vs yWriter opinions
      Most users think Scrivener is a great alternative to yWriter.
      Structural similarity. But it's troublesome complicated program.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      Scrivener doesn't have the same layout that yWriter does, nor does it focus on scenes as much as yWriter does. Way too many features and distracting.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    4. bibisco is a novel writing software that helps you to write your story, in a simple way.
      bibisco vs yWriter opinions
      Most users think bibisco is a great alternative to yWriter.
      main character's option are really too numerous
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      It may not be as flexible as yWriter to move text between scenes and chapters.
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

    5. Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.
      Hemingway Editor vs yWriter opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Hemingway is more of a writing style tool, while yWriter focuses on organization and structure.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago


    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. Write and organize your ideas in Gingko tree documents.
      Gingko vs yWriter opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      it's the only one that actually offers a dynamic word documenting system that is fluid and able to be used by NON-FICTION writers, which is harder to find than you'd think. Still no where near the set up of yWriter though.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    9. Looking for a suite of tools for writing your book? This is not just a text editor it does so much more. Organise your story using timelines, planning boards and the snowflake tool, all integrated to make writing intuitive and fun.
    10. 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.


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

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