What are the best writing software?

asked by Shay Poudrier
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12 solutions
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    #1Scrivener

    Scrivener

    Scrivener is a software for a long-form writing like novels and articles. It's easy to use, to organize and will adapt to all your ideas, plots, concepts, and characters.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $40- Free trial available

    Jack Aguilar
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "This software was made with writers in mind. There's a reason why so many writers swear by it. It gives you a lot of flexibility in how you format, write and organize your books."
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    #2Final Draft

    Final Draft

    Final Draft is a tool that allows writers to focus on their words, as it automatically paginates and formats scripts to industry standards. In addition to this, Final Draft offers a friendly user interface and powerful new tools.

    Apps

    iOS, Mac, Windows

    $19.99

    Brittany Vargas
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "If you're an aspiring screenwriter, this software has a lot of tools that you need to write a good and proper story. Whether it's writing a scene or an entire story, there's plenty of options for you."
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    #3Microsoft Word

    Microsoft Word

    Microsoft word is one of the most famous text processors all around the world. Well known by the users, it allows all kind of basic features involving text and images for quick and clean reports. It also permits PDF editing. 

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Olivia Parker
    Written on December 11, 2017
    "Microsoft Word has been the leader in word processing for many years and has continued to be the leading software in its field. It is super easy to use and includes many great features for creativity and customization. I don't understand how anyone could have no experience with Microsoft Word, but start using it!"
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    #4Apache OpenOffice

    Apache OpenOffice

    Apache OpenOffice is an open-source office productivity software suite. It contains a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation application (Impress), a drawing application (Draw), a formula editor (Math), and a database management application (Base).

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Tom Jia
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "We all know this as the first original alternative to Microsoft's Office Suite and was really popular with a lot of users for its flexibility in the office and for productivity in general. It also a competent tool for writing."
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    #5LibreOffice

    LibreOffice

    LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. The suite comprises programs for word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams, and drawings, working with databases and composing mathematical formulae.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Harold Fowler
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "The Price is Right as my Daddy used to say. I've had LibreOffice for quite a while, and while I'm certainly not a power user, its worked very well for what I needed to do. Your mileage my vary if you are a power user. But between this suite and Google Docs, I certainly haven't had to shell out the big bucks to Micro$oft which makes me a happy camper."
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    #6iA Writer

    iA Writer

    iA Writer is a plain text editor that supports Markdown, and provides a clean space for the creator's mind. The main goal for the app is allowing the user to focus on the text, with no distractions.  

    Apps

    Android, Mac, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Kelly Hoffman
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "One of the best writing software that I have used for its simplicity and distraction-free experience. The interface is simple, clean, and calming. All the things you need to write clearly and properly."
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    #7Fade In

    Fade In

    This screenplay editor is the perfect tool to edit, read and share your texts just using your mobile phone. It provides tools to quickly search every word and navigate through your script. Fade In Professional Screenwriting is a software for professionals writers for motion pictures, television, radio, stage, video games, and more. Fully supported for multiple languages, it allows you to manage rewrites and revisions.

    Apps

    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Stephen Burke
    Written on December 11, 2017
    "The Fade In app looks more like a scriptwriting app instead of just a regular writing app. If you are just looking for writing or taking notes there are many different apps that you choose but Fade In is really good at specific types of writing like scripts. "
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    #8Celtx

    Celtx
    Celtx is an all-in-one solution specially designed for video planning. With Celtx you will be able to write the script, prepare production and take your project to camera.
    Websites

    Free- $39.99

    Liu Ma
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "seems alright but i think there are better options"
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    #9Celtx Script

    Celtx Script
    Using Celtx you will be able to write formatted scripts just using your mobile phone, adding notes everywhere you need them to keep something in your mind. It also provides tools to share your scripts and collaborate with other writers. 
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Alice Evans
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "Don't download this app. There are other script writing apps out there. This one has so many bugs, and it crashes all the time. Not to mention that sometimes my pages don't save. Save yourself from the stress and frustration. "
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    #10WriteItNow

    WriteItNow

    WriteItNow is a software that was designed to help anyone writing a novel. Keep the novel text and all the background information in one place and save a novel as a single file. it is available for both Windows and Mac.

    Software

    Web, Windows, Mac

    Patrick Willis
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "It's a powerful, full-featured writing software with a sleek and intuitive interface. One of the best writing software available in the market right now for a reasonable price. "
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    #11Pages

    Pages
    Pages is a free word processor that combines a clean interface with some advanced features. This a software for the general public, offering a full set of tools for both advanced and getting-started users.
    Apps

    iOS, Mac

    Free

    Guo Ding
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "Think of this as the Mac equivalent of Microsoft Word for Windows. It has a lot of beautiful templates. It simple, easy to use, syncs across all devices, and is free. Definitely, one to check out."
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    #12Hemingway App

    Hemingway App

    Hemingway helps you write with power and clarity by highlighting adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words. It cuts the dead weight from your writing. It highlights wordy sentences in yellow and more egregious ones in red.

    Software

    Web, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Joyce Barnett
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "One of the best writing software in my opinion. Any aspiring writer should have this tool in their arsenal. You really learn to avoid adding "fluff" to your writing and practice to be concise."

Summary

Best What are the best writing software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ScrivenerSoftware 18 Paid
2Final DraftApps 13 Paid
3Microsoft WordApps 12 Free
4Apache OpenOfficeSoftware 12 Free
5LibreOfficeSoftware 8 Free
6iA WriterApps 7 Free
7Fade InApps 4 Free
8CeltxWebsites 2 Free
9Celtx ScriptApps 1 Free
10WriteItNowSoftware 0 Paid
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