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    Question Software for novelists

    Has anybody used or uses novel software?
    For example the StoryBlue or Snowflake Pro?

    Just curious as to if it helps or anything.

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    I've never heard of either (super helpful, I know), but I would say stuff like that won't hurt, but it certainly won't make the process easy. I don't think anything can do that.

    When they invent a program that takes a scene in my head and puts it on paper perfectly, then I'll be onto it. Haha

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    yea i am just trying to figure out if it is worth it.
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    Oh, if you have to pay for it definitely not. There's nothing a program can give you that a simple old Word doco can't. The quality of the novel is up to you.

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    I visited the the StoryBlue site. There's a free trial, so if it interests you, download it and try it. I just might, for the heck of it. I think it's only 27.00, so if you find it useful, then maybe that's not such a big investment. I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand, without looking into it.

    Fox, a good tool just makes things easier and faster. So who knows? I'm sure you could bang out a novel on typewriter if you had to.
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    I've tried yWriter which is free. I generally like it except for a couple of things: I don't like the way it formats the output file, and it doesn't allow the files to be password protected. Other than that, it's not a bad program.
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    These programs are particularly useful for organising and planning. They allow a system for character profiles and various other notes which can be quite helpful.

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    I've used a free program called Quickplot on and off for many years. It's been discontinued, but is available here. Nothing else seems as targeted or flexible. I tried yWriter, and it's decent but not as much for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JosephB View Post
    Fox, a good tool just makes things easier and faster. So who knows? I'm sure you could bang out a novel on typewriter if you had to.
    Good point. Mine was an ill-informed reply based on the fact that I'd never (till now) heard any writers I know mention using such programs. Apparently I don't know everything? Shock. Haha.

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    Heh. Well, that is pretty shocking. I need to go have a good lie-down now just to get over it.

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