A Company of Writers: Writing Tools and Programs
January 16, 2017 2 Comments
There are many useful tools and programs that writers can use, and in this post I’ll take a look at ones for writing, script writing, and comics, as well as other useful tools. When I first started writing, my computer came with a Word Processing program but as I ventured into the publishing sphere, I quickly learned that it was limiting software. Since then, many new programs have been created with three coming out on top; Microsoft Word, Scrivner, and for Mac users Ulysses. Scrivner is the only program that can be used on both and all come on multiple platforms so you can use them on computers, laptops or on your phone.
Ulysses and Word have demos but you must buy the program to keep going.
Get ready. This is a long list.
Computer program – $63.00 + tax.
Phone App – $34.99
-works with to WordPress and other self-blogging platforms
-syncs to Dropbox
-accessible through Voiceover
-Similar to Scrivener in ways but more streamlined due to less features.
-is only for MacOS/Apple phones and tablets. Could be a problem if agent/publisher doesn’t have the same program.
Word: Three programs, different prices.
Office Home: $99 per year/$10 per month (7 extra programs)
Office Personal: $69 per year/ $7 per month (7 extra programs)
Office Home and Student: One time purchase of $149.00 (4 extra programs)
-used by the majority of the industry.
-allows for in-document editing
-only for PC/Microsoft OS
Free trial and one-time payment of $40
-able to categorize scenes, characters. Especially good for large, complex projects.
-overall cheaper writing program than the others.
-does have a mobile app for ipad/iphone.
-learning curve. Can be overwhelming for a new writer.
-does not have a mobile app for android; writers are restricted to laptop/desktop.
-simple platform/easy to use
-can do a limited track editing
-must have a google account to use
Corel Word Perfect
-pre-loaded program in older Windows OS computers.
-not loaded in Windows 10 computers.
Latest edition: $249.99 [US]
-Industry-standard fully loaded.
-Capabilities for collaboration, and co-writing.
-Index card formatting and other editing tools
-Available on Mac and PC
-Available app for iPhone and iPad
-Can work offline
-Regular updates to program, but very little actual change.
Latest edition – $49.95
-Has many of the same features as Final Draft
-Simple learning curve
-Online support and community
-Can work offline
-Has app for android
-Occasional updates, not much change.
Free version, or paid by prescription
Access to writing community that is constantly growing and adding new features and templates
Allows for creation of “studios” for large, collaborative projects.
Pre and Post production support and templates for all aspects of screenwriting
Also available as a free app.
Cloud based. You have to have account.
You have to add studio members to collaborate on projects.
Some features only available on the higher pay end.
*NOTE – I haven’t used this yet, so if you have let me know how you like it*
Lots of different formats.
Really simple interface.
Collaborate with other writers.
Available at a free trial or with a monthly subscription
Connected to screencraft.org, and offers discounts on their competitions and screenwriting services for paid members
Not as intuitive with shortcuts as other screenwriting software
Making Comics – suggested by Kingston Writer’s Group member Kristen
Save the Cat! [screenwriting book] –
Pacemake – https://pacemaker.press/ helps you set wordcount and writing goals for individual projects based on your own pace and schedule. GREAT for motivation.
Dropbox – free online cloud program; can buy more space to upload more. Can share with other Dropbox members.
Google Docs – free online program. Restricted to Google users only.