Updated: Jun 2, 2021
Writing is rarely easy. Although Microsoft (MS) Word has been used for a long time, it is a general writing program not specific for writing novels.
There are many writing programs with more features than MS Word, making it easier for writers to organise their manuscripts. Not to mention, MS Word and Office 365 cost money. On the other hand, most writing software programs are free and have basic features, perfect for writers.
Still, you have to be careful in selecting the right software for your needs.
Below is a list of the best software programs for writers:
1. Scrivener: This is a software program created by writers for writers and it is suitable for large manuscripts. With features such as breaking down chapters into sections, outline mode, and use of index cards, this program helps track the plot and organise your writing.
Although it has been voted as the best writing software, it also has weaknesses. One of them is that the formatting is complicated. This can be overwhelming for a writer because they will need additional help from an editor. Also, it is not easily synced with iPhone and iPad except through Dropbox which has limited access.
It isn’t free, but it’s worth the money if you can buy it.
The price is $49 (Mac and Windows).
2. ProWritingAid: This is mainly a grammar checker and helps with writing style. It provides spelling suggestions and aids in sentence structure, thereby improving your writing and editing skills.
It is less expensive than other grammar checkers such as Grammarly; however, it offers suggestions out of context which have to be edited by the writer manually.