3 Creative Writing Tools Online Just For You…
Another week has passed and time for a new post. I have been looking at different writing programs and other tools to help writers out and this week I have come up with three that I think you will find very helpful to you.
First, I downloaded but I have not extensively tested out Scrivener for writing. You can check it out here for yourself if you like (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php) (Non affiliate).
In the meantime, I have found nine others that I will check out and let you know about as I work with them.
For the time being I am using yWriter (http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html) (Non affiliate). yWriter is a free word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create.
As I began working with yWriter, I realized I was typing some of the same words over and over and it was getting monotonous. Having been in the medical transcription field for over 15 years, I thought back to the word expander and set out to look for a free one that would work with yWriter. I found a program called Word Expander (http://www.wordexpander.net/) (Non affiliate).
If you are not familiar with a word expander, they are great time savers. For example typing the name of your character over and over is a pain, so I put my character name in the word expander with the shortcut of KL and it will expand to Kaylee.
How many times have you typed the word “the” and then on proofread, you see that you typed teh? Put teh in the word expander and it will correct it to “the” for you. You can use words or phrases to save time in anything you write.
Now for the last free tool I have found to help is a “timeline.” I have a tendency to sometimes overlap the dates and times when I am writing and I wanted something very simple that I could look back on to see how I”m doing in terms of keeping them in line.
Using Microsoft Word, go to (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/timeline-TC001016265.aspx) and download the free timeline template. I saved the original template as a master copy and then used a new copy for my book that I am working on.
I hope you can make use of these free writing tools and I will be reviewing others for you.
I will be busy right along with you. Over the last couple of weeks I have been going through some of my old pieces that I have written and while I knew I was looking for one novel I had started, I was surprised to find “three novels” I had started and never finished, so we all need to get to work. 🙂
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