5 novel writing software to use in 2018

By: Madeleine Dean
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novel writing software

If you’re an aspiring writer or a well-known novelist and you’re looking for a software to put your ideas on paper (or digital paper for that matter), then this post is for you.

Writing a novel requires hard work: you need to invest a lot of time into actually writing it and pressing the keys on your keyboard, then you also need to keep track of your ideas in order to maintain a logical sequence of events.

This is when a dedicated novel writing software comes in very handy.

Novel writing software for Windows 10

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Scrivener

Scrivener is a very versatile software for writers of all kinds, including novelists. The tool simply offers you all the features you need to start the writing process and keep on writing until you have finished that novel that you know will bring you fame.

The program is tailor-made for long writing projects, allowing you to compose your text in any order. Follow the flow of ideas and simply write them down in small or large section as they come to you. You can also rearrange the chapter order as you like.

Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea.

If you need to do some research for your novel, you can open a window right next to your work. You can also use this additional window to write descriptions, interviews or take general notes that will help you shape your novel. You can also check for consistency by referencing an earlier chapter alongside the one in progress.

Download Scrivener as a 30-day trial version.

For more information about Scrivener and how it can help you write your novel, check out the video below:

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Writer's Block

Writer’s Blocks 4 novel writing software

Writer’s Block is an interesting novel writing tool that you should definitely check out.

This book writing software will make your writing faster, easier and smarter, allowing you to finish your novel much faster that you expected.

Writing a novel required hard work and attention. As you all know, the more pages you add to your novel, the more difficult it becomes to manage, navigate and polish our work.

Most word processors, including Microsoft Word, allow you to work with one small piece of your novel at a time.

Writer’s Block allows you to be more productive and create, view and organize your writing in smart ways. As its name suggests, the tool lets you create blocks of content and then navigate and arrange them as your like.

Writer’s Blocks gives you both a bird’s eye view of your entire work. Now you write at a faster pace because you’re not interrupted or distracted by document navigation.

Writer’s Blocks 4 is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

Download Writer’s Blocks 4 for free.

For more information about this writing software, check out the video below:

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FastPencil

FastPencil

FastPencil is not a household name among writers, but once you’ve tested it, you’ll definitely like it.

Although not as powerful as the two tools listed above, this program is unique in its own way.

FastPencil is a cloud software, which means that you don’t need to download anything to your computer. Most importantly, it also allows you to write, publish and sell your ebooks and even print them.

In other words, if you’re an aspiring novelist, you are no longer bound to publishing houses — you can publish your novels on your own.

This writing software also make editing much easier and faster. If you need help with editing, you can send an invite to your friends or editor, and they’ll be able to access your novel directly on the FastPencil platform.

Create a FastPencil account here

For more information about FastPencil, check out the video below:

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WriteItNow

writeitnow

As its name suggests, WriteItNow really help you stop procrastinating and start writing the novel you have been thinking about.

This software was especially designed to help anyone write a novel. It has a very intuitive user interface, which makes is very easy to use.

WriteItNow keeps the novel text and all the background information that you need to polish your work in one place. As a matter of fact, the program is divided into two sections: one for chapters and scenes and the second one for background details.

If you change your mind about how the action should unfold, you can always move chapters around using the story board.

The tool’s storyline editor allows you to see who edited the novel, what changes they made and where.

The built-in thesaurus, spelling checker and readability checker also make your writing job much easier. If you want to keep an eye on how many words you’ve written, use the built-in word count.

Download WriteItNow or buy it from Amazon.

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The Novel Factory

the novel factory

The Novel Factory is the last writing software on our list, but definitely not the least. This program focuses on productivity, allowing you to successfully avoid the dreaded writer’s blocks.

The tool is perfect for both beginners as well as advanced writers. It comes with a step-by-step guide on how to get started planning and writing your novel, including theory notions about story structure, plot development, character development, themes, and much more.

It doesn’t require hours to learn how to use it, as it’s 100% intuitive.

The Novel Factory also offers you a very useful feature for those moments when inspiration strikes all of a sudden. Your notes about plot, characters, and so on are automatically organised so that you can keep focusing on the writing process.

Moreover, the tool also features a Character Questionnaire that you can use to better describe your characters.

Download The Novel Factory for free.

We hope that this list was helpful. Download the novel writing software that you like best and start writing.

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