Site of the Week: yWriter

If you know of any useful websites or perhaps run one yourself, feel free to recommend it. If I find your site suitable for my weekly feature then I will do my utmost to accommodate it. In return I might merely ask that you link to my blog. But please (and I mean this in the politest possible terms) do not ask me to advertise your commercial service.

At first glance, yWriter seems more useful for the sort of problems I come across when writing longer projects. It has a storyboard to add quick notes so you can check back to when certain events occurred and you can break down your plan by chapter or individual scene. I find this a highly useful tool for novel writing.

I like planning and plotting and always conscious of the need to keep checking back to make sure the writing is consistent. Another useful feature is the ability to go back to view earlier versions, something that normal wordprocessors would require multiple copies to compare versions.

  • The complete list of features:
  • 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.

I think this is suitable for this post a day so I’m cheating a tying it in posthumously šŸ˜€


4 thoughts on “Site of the Week: yWriter

  1. yWriter is definitely my favorite novel writing software. šŸ™‚

    1. mgm75

      I haven’t actually used it yet, though I did use Storybook. I’ll edit this at a later date to give my honest opinion.

  2. I tried yWriter about three years ago. I didn’t stick with it. Not sure why. I recently tried Scrivener for Windows, and though I thought it was nifty, I ended up finishing up my novel in Google Docs (because I can access it anywhere) and plain old Word.

    I may give the newer version of yWriter a try again.

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