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Sat Sep-08-12 12:35 AMby Wandering Author

I've tried just about every writing program out there for the PC. Some are junk, some are pretty good - but I have four that I use in my writing, depending on the project, my mood, etc.

Liquid Story Binder XE - confusing to some users, has a bit of a steep learning curve, but it's flexible. The last I checked, it was still under $50 (and it is a lifetime license, so you don't have to pay for upgrades).

Scrivener - useful for projects that take a lot more organisation than most. You've already looked into this, so I won't say much about it.

RoughDraft - free, pretty simple, although a bit outdated by now because it hasn't been updated in years. Still, I like it for simple things like poems and short stories.

FocusWriter - also free. Default mode is full screen, but you can set the toolbar to pop up when you mouse over that area. And you can set Themes to make the screen and the text any colour you want, so it's easy on the eyes. This is the one I find myself using most, or when I'm not sure what to use. Very simple, lets you focus on the writing. Excellent if you have even slight vision issues. (I'm legally blind - but it is not designed specifically for that, and that isn't the only reason it is my top choice. Just a nice bonus.) Another plus: if MS ever drives you away, there is a Linux version of this. It even has a feature that makes complex projects easier to manage than most "plain" editors: Sessions. That is the hardest feature to learn to use - not that hard, but the hardest - but it is well worth the slight effort.

If you like the idea of FocusWriter, but it doesn't quite 'do it' for you, there are a few other barebones editors around. WriteMonkey has a free and a paid (donation) version. TextRoom is similar to DarkRoom for the Mac, and free. Or there is Q10 which is also mostly a full screen, no frills editor. Of course, with any of the free ones, it's easy enough to download them and play with them to see what you think. I'd encourage you to at least give FocusWriter a try. As broke as I am right now, if I didn't already own LSB XE and Scrivener, I'd stick to FocusWriter, and I don't think I'd suffer much.

Oh, and since I've tried YWriter... It is free, and you could use it. I did, for my first NaNo. It was okay. The trouble is, one writer designed it to work, for his process, and if your process is very similar to his, you'll love it. If not, there are other programs that are much better and more flexible.

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Writing Programs for the PC [View all] , Seleane_Gray, Sat Sep-08-12 02:47 PM
  RE: Writing Programs for the PC, Erin_M_H, Sep 07th 2012, #1
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, Wandering Author, Sep 08th 2012 #2
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, Weird Jim, Sep 08th 2012, #3
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, SamR, Sep 15th 2012, #10
      RE: Writing Programs for the PC, RavenCorbie, Sep 15th 2012, #11
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, Erin_M_H, Sep 08th 2012, #4
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, Linda Adams, Sep 08th 2012, #5
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, jschara, Sep 08th 2012, #6
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, gilroy, Sep 10th 2012, #7
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, Weird Jim, Sep 10th 2012, #8
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, zette, Sep 11th 2012, #9
RE: Writing Programs for the PC, mfassett, Sep 18th 2012, #12
Scrivener Discount, Dreamerscove, Sep 19th 2012, #13

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