Monday, 30 September 2013

Roundup of a few writing tools

It's getting to that time of year again: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is looming, just over a month away. For everyone thinking about taking part (and I strongly encourage everyone to try it), this year I thought I'd do quick roundup of some of the tools available out there for writers.

Of course, the bottom line is that all you really need is pen and paper, but realistically, a word processor and maybe some planning will really help you hit that 50,000 word target for NaNoWriMo.

Full disclosure: some of my own applications are in the list, but I've always been happy to let people know of other tools and utilities out there. It's all about choice and variety - you may really gel with the way one app works, but not like another - we're all happy working in our own unique ways. I'm just happy if you're using something that you find productive and helps you to write.

My own applications: -

Subplot (Mac)
Character Folio (Mac)
Word Count Dashboard (Mac or iPad)

Other applications: -

Scrivener by Literature and Latte (Mac and Windows)
OpenOffice (various versions available besides Apache, e.g. LibreOffice) (Mac, Windows)
XMind Mind Mapping (Mac, Windows)
StoryMill by Mariner Software (Mac)
Persona by Mariner Software (Mac)
iAWriter (Mac, iPad)
Writer's Cafe (Mac, Windows)

There are many other applications around to help writers, but those are a few that I'm particularly aware of.

Good luck to everyone taking part in NaNoWriMo 2013.

Happy Writing!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Subplot is 2 years old this month

Subplot launched on September 19th, 2011, so this month sees the app reach its 2nd anniversary.

To celebrate, we've reduced the price of the app on the Mac App Store. You can now pick up Subplot for about half its original price.

Happy Writing!