[ExI] Software for writers

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 13:46:43 UTC 2010

This looks like a really nice piece of software for authors.

As some list members have been known to do the odd bit of scribbling
now and then, I thought it might be of interest.

Video tutorial here. (9 minutes)

Organise your novel using a 'project'.
Add chapters to the project.
Add scenes, characters, items and locations.
Display the word count for every file in the project, along with a total.
Saves a log file every day, showing words per file and the total.
(Tracks your progress)
Saves automatic backups at user-specified intervals.
Allows multiple scenes within chapters
Viewpoint character, goal, conflict and outcome fields for each scene.
Multiple characters per scene.
Storyboard view, a visual layout of your work.
Re-order scenes within chapters.
Drag and drop of chapters, scenes, characters, items and locations.
Automatic chapter renumbering.


Instead of searching through a huge word processing document to find a
particular event or person, everything can be seen at a glance on one
screen in YWriter. It makes the novel more manageable, and it can
increase productivity for a writer. Once the program is learned, it's
easy to use, and can be run off a memory stick, making it portable for
those who carry their writing with them.

YWriter doesn't only work for novelists. It is just as handy for short
story writers, allowing them to keep track of multiple stories and
projects when writing fiction or creative nonfiction. Story ideas can
be noted in the program, getting rid of the piles of paper scraps and
sticky notes that writers are so fond of having on their desks.

Other uses are lecture notes, sermons (!), etc.

Review here:


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