I'm always in search of the latest and greatest apps for writers even if I don't use them. I found the following list on Web Design Relief— a web design and marketing guidance site for authors— and would like to share it with you.
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Most writers know that creating a great, memorable short story, book, or poem takes a considerable amount of determination, energy, and craft. Keeping track of ideas, edits, and revisions—while avoiding the temptation of social media and cat videos—can make it hard to focus on completing your work. Fortunately, there are lots of free apps and software available to help writers succeed! Web Design Relief has compiled a list of twenty great, must-have free apps and software programs that no writer should live—or write—without.
The Best Must-Have Free Apps And Software For Writers
Free Word Processing Software For Writers
Microsoft Word may be the king of word processing programs, but it comes with a hefty price tag. Check out these free compatible options.
LibreOffice. LibreOffice comes from the open-source word processing program Open Office. Along with word processing software, it includes spreadsheet and PowerPoint capabilities. One of its best features is its compatibility with Microsoft Word formats (like .docx) so you can share your manuscript easily with editors and agents.
Google Docs. Although the word processing features of Google Docs are very basic, they'll suffice for most users. All you need is a Google account to log in, which allows you to access your documents on any computer. Google Docs's biggest advantage lies in the user's ability to write and collaborate in real time with other authors on a project.
Apple Pages. Another app that allows real-time collaboration is Apple Pages for Mac users, a powerful word processing program that's part of the iWork productivity suite. For indie writers, one perk of this software is the ability to export a manuscript directly to an .epub format.
(Mostly) Free Writing Software For Novelists
Scrivener. Though there is a cost for this software, the thirty-day free trial period makes it worthy of a mention. Scrivener is easily one of the top software programs for novelists and offers organizational tools to keep tabs on research, storyboarding views of your novel, and productivity features that help you reach your goals. At an average cost of about fifty dollars, Scrivener's a real bargain.
Shaxpir. Pronounced "Shakespeare," Shaxpir is a cloud-based software for novelists who want to set goals, brainstorm, keep track of research, attach concept art, and ultimately export the manuscript into various formats.
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For more on free software for writers visit Web Design Relief. There's so much more to explore such as generating title and idea and writing in peace apps. My go-to writing in peace app is Coffitivity. There's even links to free grammar and editing software apps to choose from on the site.
Got a new free writing app you want to share, let me know.
Happy, healthy writing!