WriteWay Pro: free book-writing software
WriteWay Pro is a free book-writing software for Microsoft Windows that assists authors in writing novels and other types of books.
While you can start writing books in plain Notepad, Microsoft Word, and pretty much any other text editor out there, you may find the extra functionality that specialized book writing software offers useful.
While you can use Notepad or Word to keep track of information, e.g. characters or the storyboard, you will have to jump around in a single document or use multiple documents for that.
A specialized program like WriteWay Professional handles all of these in a single interface, and all of the information is just a click away at any time.
WriteWay Professional was a paid application, but it has been released as a free program by its developer. You still need to register the program, and find instructions on how to do so in the email message that you get after downloading the program from the WriteWay website.
WriteWay's interface is divided into three main panes, and a toolbar at the top. The left pane lists the structure of the book, sorted into chapters and scenes. The two panes on the right are used for text editing and switching between descriptive information such as the plot, characters, a scene sketch, or setting information.
This bottom pane is one of the fundamental differences to plain text editing applications. You use it to add information about a chapter or scene, for instance about the plot, setting of conflict, and can access the information at any time.
WriteWay may display multiple windows in its interface. You can click on characters for instance to display a new window with character information. Use it to add or edit character information, and access them at any time.
The same is true for the research tab. You may use it to keep track of information, for instance dates, location information, and other information.
Storyboard is another window that you may open at any time. It features cards that describe chapters and scenes, and summarize these.
WriteWay Professional's editor works pretty much like the one in WordWeb. It supports basic formatting options such as changing fonts or bolding text, but lacks other options such as different headline formats.
Images and symbols can be added, but only by right-clicking in the interface, a toolbar button is not provided to do so.
The program comes with plenty of other features that book authors may find useful. It features a "future ideas" database which you may use to write down ideas, and word usage analysis options.
The program is compatible with all supported versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It can create "publish-ready" formats for Kindle and Nook devices, and export books into various formats including HTML, PDF and Docx.
WriteWay Pro is a professional grade book writing software. Its main focus is the writing of novels, but it can be used for other types of books as well.
Its interface may be a bit outdated, but once you get accustomed to it you it should not matter that much anymore.
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