For years I have searched for programs for making writing easier. I was searching for the holy grail that would write my story, send it out and I would rake in the millions that was my due.
Years later, I wised up and learned that there is no such thing as easy when it comes to writing. Nevertheless, I still looked for nifty writing programs.
I eventually came across someone’s blog about writing. He mentioned that a program must be able to save in rich text format. That was a mind blowing revelation. Using rich text means you can open and edit that document with nearly any word processor out there. That makes it valuable in case your expensive, multifunction word processor goes belly up for some reason.
With that in mind, I refined my searchings. I already had Word 2007, yWriter, and Roughdraft. I discovered jDarkroom as a simple writer that saves in txt. I like the minimalist of jdark, but need a bit more functionality. http://www.codealchemists.com/jdarkroom/
Then I discovered Liquid Story Binder from Black Obelisk Software. It was $45 but after playing around with it, I dropped the cash. LSB is cool that I can run it from a portable thumb drive. It is extremely customizable. I currently use LSB exclusively for writing. http://www.blackobelisksoftware.com/
For designing novels, Snowflake Pro is a must have. Designed by Randy Ingermanson, it helps in designing a novel. http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/info/snowflake_pro/
There are other programs I have, but will mention them in another post.