I want Microsoft Word to die. I hate Microsoft Word with a burning, fiery passion.
It's designed for Windows 7 and later. It will not write your novel for you, suggest plot ideas or perform creative tasks of any kind. If you're just embarking on your first novel a program like yWriter may seem like overkill. I mean, all you have to do is type everything into a word processor!
Sure, but wait until you hit 20, words, with missing scenes and chapters, notes all over your desk, characters and locations and plot points you've just added and which need to be referenced earlier Now imagine that same novel at 40, or 80, words! No wonder most first-time writers give up.
I'm Simon Haynes, the designer and programmer. Because I'm an experienced programmer AND a published author, yWriter contains a bunch of tools a working novelist will find useful, but you won't find any features some marketing expert dreamed up just because it sounded cool.
What's so special about yWriter? As a programmer I'm used to dealing with projects broken into source files and modules, and I never lose track of my code. I decided to apply the same working method to my novels Your work is broken down into chapters and scenes, and you can drag and drop them around to reorganise your novel.
Proof them, check the grammar, then import them back again! I realise Word, OpenOffice and other modern word processors have outlining features, but they don't have snapshot backups to sequential files like yWriter does. Roll back scenes to where they were half an hour ago, or re-read a version from four months ago - yWriter stores them all, automatically.
Why focus on scenes instead of chapters? A scene is a pleasant chunk to work on - small and well-defined, you can slot them into your novel, dragging and dropping them from one chapter to another as you interleave strands from different viewpoint characters and work out the overall flow of your book.
You can also mark a scene as 'unused' if you've written yourself into a dead end, which will keep it out of the word count and exports without deleting the content. Without yWriter, I would never have become a published author. It doesn't need or use an internet connection, and all data is stored on your own computer.
The only time it uses the internet is if you use the inbuilt 'check for update' routine in which case yWriter simply checks the latest version number from spacejock. Best of all, yWriter is free.
You won't pay anything to download yWriter, and the software contains no adverts, unwanted web toolbars, desktop search programs or other cruft.
You can register your copy if you wish, but this is optional. 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.
And many more Users of earlier versions: You can install later versions e. The only thing you can't do is re-export your project back into older versions. Every major version of yWriter uses different installation folders and start menu entries, and they won't interfere with each other.
Paul, I have begun writing my first e-book. I have so many ideas for other books, but I know getting started and publishing the first is the most difficult. Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination, a petty, unimaginative, inconsistent dictator that is ill-suited to any creative writer's use. Worse: it is a near-monopolist, dominating the word processing field. You’re an author, and you want to pfmlures.com all, the juice seems to be flowing toward self-publishers, more authors are rethinking their approach to publishing, and new opportunities seem to be opening up to self-publishers every day.
Are you upgrading from yWriter5? Yw5 projects load and save from ywriter6 just fine. No importing, no converting.
When you install ywriter6 it goes into a new folder and uses its own settings. Just be sure to tick 'associate.The Road to Right.
Understanding eBook readers. Before we dive headlong into the technical aspects of the creation of eBooks, I believe it is important to understand eReaders a bit better, and how these devices have shaped and changed the way we are experiencing books. Paul, I have begun writing my first e-book.
I have so many ideas for other books, but I know getting started and publishing the first is the most difficult. The skill sets aren’t identical. The writer of a novel gets to make up everything and adheres to rules that, theoretically, are now habit. Formatting an ebook requires learning an entirely new set of rules, rules that demand obedience.
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