Who would like to recommend some creative writing software?August 12, 2016August 12, 2016 Tim WorstallBooks29 CommentsTim Newman, occasionally of this parish, would like some recommendations about creative writing software. My one of Open Office seems not to be enough….. @worstall All the creative writing people I know use Scrivener: https://t.co/hcOQYNeQXs — devilskitchen (@devilskitchen) August 12, 2016 previousI’m not entirely sure the Mail has the physics right herenextThe Plain People of Britain don’t agree with me 29 thoughts on “Who would like to recommend some creative writing software?” Matthew L August 12, 2016 at 10:19 am http://cheeseburgergothic.com/show/6645 “The crack cocaine of writer apps” Tim Newman August 12, 2016 at 10:34 am Thanks, Tim. Yeah, I’ll be writing on a desktop, not on IOS. Philip Scott Thomas August 12, 2016 at 10:41 am Yep. Scrivener. Hands down. John Square August 12, 2016 at 10:46 am Another vote for scrivener. Jers Novel Writer is a free, similar application- unsure if it’s on Windows, as I’ve only used the OSX version. Alternatively, write in a text editor, and assemble manually into a formatted MSS Arthur the Cat August 12, 2016 at 10:48 am Another vote for Scrivener, all the serious writers I know use it. Windows, MacOS or iOS. https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php Edward Lud August 12, 2016 at 10:48 am I had no idea that such a thing existed. Now that I do, I shall try to forget it, and continue to imagine that the things I enjoy reading have not been ghosted. John Square August 12, 2016 at 10:48 am Tim, Scrivener comes in IOS, OSX and Windows flavours- the link in Matthew’s reply is for IOS. The Devil’s Kitchen tweet has the desktop version PeteC August 12, 2016 at 10:50 am I’ve used LyX before for engineering papers, but you can use it for any document format. It’s a neat frontend for LaTeX which lets you concentrate on content while it sorts out the layout and formatting. I found the time learning the software in the beginning more than made up for faffing around with Word at the end. On the other hand, Scrivener seems to be almost an industry standard for this kind of thing, so Tim should probably use that 🙂 Robert Thorpe August 12, 2016 at 11:13 am GNU Emacs. jgh August 12, 2016 at 11:22 am vi Rob August 12, 2016 at 11:30 am Let’s ask the journalists. Tim Newman August 12, 2016 at 11:33 am @ jgh, That answer reminds me of a time years ago on a forum when somebody was asking for recommendations for web-building software, and somebody responded with “Notepad”. DuckyMcDuckface August 12, 2016 at 11:41 am Brief. Thomas Fuller August 12, 2016 at 11:55 am I found Scrivener too fiddly and distracting (I’m a professional writer under another name, BTW), but then I write sequentially. That is, I get Chapter 1 reasonably complete before starting Chapter 2. Scrivener is excellent for certain sorts of writers and writing, especially when you need to do a lot of research. However, for fiction written sequentially I strongly recommend FocusWriter: https://gottcode.org/focuswriter/ It’s free (though I sent the author some dough) and cross-platform, so I can work equally happily on this MacBook or my Linux desktop. You can modify the colours, fonts, etc., etc., just as you please and even define more than one ‘theme’. For many of the other functions Scrivener offers, like keeping track of chronology, a spreadsheet is more than adequate. I suggest you download both FocusWriter and Scrivener and compare them, then (natch) choose whichever better suits your way of working. Scrivener gives you a month’s free trial. Street Sparrow August 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm WrittenKitten. Every 100 words you write brings up a random image of a kitten (or puppy or whatever you want). It doesn’t help with content or formatting but at least you keep generating copy PeteC August 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm @Thomas Fuller Thanks, I’d never heard of FocusWriter before. Bernie G. August 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm Writing is a little like most things in life in that you have it or you don’t. That said, writing in general is reckoned to be ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration – a double whammy for yours truly. Peter S. Shenkin August 12, 2016 at 3:05 pm Here is an app that does some very creative writing: http://sebpearce.com/bullshit/ Cynic August 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm Or this, for erotic fiction: http://www.fiftyshadesgenerator.com/ Thomas Fuller August 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm @PeteC Glad to be of some help! John Square August 12, 2016 at 5:45 pm @Thomas Fuller: Focuswriter (or one of its many clones) is excellent for no distraction, just-get-the-words-down work. It was exactly what i was thinking of when i suggested a text editor plus assemblage earlier on. Although (when I’m not using focuswriter) I do first drafts on a typewriter and rewrite into Scrivener for editing and mss production. Forget emacs/Vi/ etc.-Olivetti is proper hardcore. Matthew L August 12, 2016 at 6:08 pm I write my stuff in Emacs and LaTeX, which causes some consternation when people ask me for an editable copy. Edward Lud August 12, 2016 at 6:18 pm Reading all this, I feel like a chap who pulled a gal who turns out to wear a padded bra, fake eye lashes and false teeth. John Square August 12, 2016 at 6:34 pm Where will you find one of them Mr Lud? PeteC August 12, 2016 at 8:14 pm @Mr Lud, But at least she creates her manuscripts using a self-written text editor on Haiku OS for SPARK64! PeteC August 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm *SPARC64. Ahem… Ted S. August 13, 2016 at 1:00 am vi Real writers use butterflies. Tim Newman August 13, 2016 at 6:57 am Thanks everyone, this has been most helpful! Edward M. Grant August 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm I used to use Scrivener for ebooks, but switched back to LibreOffice when I started writing print books. Much easier to format it for print and convert to an ebook than to go the other way. (Though, frankly, LibreOffice produces at best competent print books, and not good ones). Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.