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Best Writing Softwares

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Many people ask if writing softwares are of any use. Well, obviously they can help you in writing by correcting it or showing your errors, but you need to come up with your writing ideas – they can’t write those for you. But since you have come on this page, I’ll let you know the best writing softwares that I have come across in recent years.

Google Docs (
Easy to handle, comfortable user interface, Google Docs lets you sort data in columns, add images, format tables, create bulleted lists change fonts and much more. It accepts many file formats including DOC, ODT, XLS, ODS, CSV, RTF and PPT etc., and gives you  So go ahead and upload your existing files.”

This 37signals’ application has now been taken off the market but when it was in use, it helped many across the globe create and store documents online.

Word Processor and Microsoft Word
The world’s favourite, these two remain the most preferred choice for many who have windws on their systems. This $300 Microsoft Office suite empowers users to create high-quality documents, spreadsheets and presentations while managing e-mail messages, contacts and calendar.

Apache Open Office (
Its a free open-source office software for word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, graphics and more. It supports various languages and works both on Microsoft and Mac systems. All the data on it is stores in an internationally accepted format and it can also read and write files from other common office software packages. If you don’t want to spend money on Microsoft Office suite, this is an excellent alternative and can also be used to replace Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more.

AbiWord (
This small, compact, efficient and crossplatform word processor comes free of cost and can be downloaded from the website. It comes with all the basic features that you would expect from a word processor, and it also supports different languages and operating systems.

Softwares for writing fiction work - Novels and Screenplays
As fiction requires a better level of creativity, I have listed some software packages that you might want to try out for writing longer, better pieces.

New Novelist
$59.99 download and CD
It breaks down writing into manageable chunks and makes use of stunning Microsoft technology to bring better experience to table. New Novelist turns the tedious writing process into breakable pieces and frees you completely from the old, slow writing rituals and methods. With it, you can develop ideas and put your characters into action. I used version 2.0 of this myself, and it was of big use when it came to word building and pre-writing notes.

Character Pro
First 60 days free, then $69.99
Character Pro assists in creating each part of the character through extensively usable tools and files that guide you to write a well-rounded and realistic character.

Quick Story
The Story Generator helps in creating quick story lines and then organize it which editing the basic story on the right. Its simple drag and drop functions are easy to operate and if work on it long enough, you can create a neat work of fiction.

Writers Café (
Demo version free, $45 download, $65 on CD.
This fully portable software is designed by published novelist Harriet Smart and comes with a notebook, research organiser, journal, pinboard, daily writing tips, inspirational quotations, writing exercises and name generation. Writer's Café is a set of power tools for all fiction writers, whether experienced or just starting out.


2009 ·Random Writings by TNB