So you're writing a novel, but think free book writing software might be able to help you do a better job? You might be right. In this article, you'll discover five of the best free tools on the market.
So read on!
Alright, let's get to it. Here's the big reveal, the 5 Best Free Book Writing Software!
A writing tool and editor in one, Reedsy provides a user-friendly experience to help you create a book that's pretty much ready to publish once you're finished (it typesets as you write, and you can save the file as an ePub or PDF). And it's a web-based app, so it saves in real time.
A few of its best features include:
Another thing I really like is that it stores old versions of your manuscript, like Google Docs, so if you removed passages and find you want to go back and grab them to add them back in, you can easily do so.
While a lot of software is great for writing in general, Bibisco was created for novel writing specifically.
yWriter was created by a writer, which is really cool because it's like, writers supporting writers, and also, he designed it knowing exactly what he would have wanted when writing his own first novel.
Zoho is a pretty basic solution for your writing. It isn't explicitly designed for story-writing, so it has no fancy add-ons or extraordinary features. But sometimes that's just what you need.
Zoho could be for you if you like the simplicity of a word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs but would enjoy a few added features.
Top marks for:
Evernote has both a free and paid version, but I'll just be reviewing the free version, but it's always handy to know there are extra perks available.
I wouldn't have listed Evernote as a tremendous book-writing software, but in my research, it was a popular option among many authors. So, I tried it myself, and I must admit that I agreed. What makes it so great is that it's the mother of all note-taking apps (in my humble opinion), and I'm an organization geek, so note-taking is one of my core values.
I'm unsure if I would use it as my one-and-only book-writing tool. Still, I would definitely use it alongside one of the software listed above, as it will enhance your clarity of mind tenfold before you start and as you continue the process of writing your book.
Getting to work on a novel is a specific kind of writing; after all, a novel is one of the longest pieces of content out there. A word-processing document is usually all one needs to write a blog or essay, but you might have better options if you're writing a novel.
Imagine, for instance, that you were hundreds of pages in and wanted to return to a particular passage. It could take you hours! And time is definitely a factor when writing a book. Whether self-publishing or writing for a publishing house, you're probably on a deadline.
That's one of the things writing software can help you with.
Some other benefits of using writing software to write your novel are:
Now, of course, you don't want to prioritize choosing software over actually writing since the most crucial thing is actually getting started, and spending ages selecting the exact right tool can be just another way of procrastinating.
That's where we come in! I'm giving you my five favorite free writing software for your novel in this article. There are many more out there, but at the end of the day, you only need one, so I've decided not to overwhelm you with tons of options. You'll find that five options are plenty.
Before we get started, I wanted to go over a few things. While I recommend the tools below, you must determine your own needs to pick the best software for you.
You don't know what you need yet. By all means, if you've got the disposable income to spend on writing software, shoot for the stars, but if there are other things you feel your money would be better spent on, then I can assure you you can get something very decent for the very low price of free.
Here are some great features to look out for in free book-writing software:
So there you have it; my top-five free book-writing software. As I mentioned earlier, you might not need software. A good old word processor might just do the job for you.
But for me, using the right software can really enhance the experience and assist my creative juices in flowing. Not only that, if you're an app fiend like me and a sucker for trying a new tool, you might find that a nifty piece of software also increases your enthusiasm when it comes to the crunch.
Either way, you've got nothing to lose in trying one or several of these tools and seeing if one of them is the right one for you. But remember, don't let that distract you from getting started. The most important thing is actually to write.
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