Links to Freeware for Writers

Ever have to take a break from that novel of yours? Then, when you come back have to reacquaint yourselves with the work?

Which leg of Bob’s had that limp?

What was Susie’s mother’s name?

If it was three-o’ clock during chapter three, then what time was it when Darrin threw down the dope deal?

Now, with yWriter5, a free organizational tool for writers, those questions are easily answered.

Some of the highlights!

* Character tracking within the text: A writer can, while reading through any given scene/section/chapter, click on a character name and instantly bring up that character’s information file, complete with that characters bio, notes, description, items of interest, locaitons of interest, and even picture.
* Print out short, or long synopses, character sheets, chapter descriptions, word-count per character, scene descriptions, and more.
* Program allows you to story-board your project, and then with a single click on any given storyboard, bring up that sections information or content.

Web Site can be found here.


Storybook is a free (open source) novel-writing tool for creative writers, novelists and authors which will help you to keep an overview of multiple plot-lines while writing books, novels or other written works.

Storybook assists you in structuring your book
Store all information about your characters and locations in one place. Then, use the included Storybook features for managing chapters, scenes, characters and locations. A simple interface is provided to enable you to assign your defined characters and locations to each scene and to keep an overview of your work with user-friendly chart tools.

Storybook can be found here.

Note: To use Storybook, you have to have Java installed. Java installation (also free) can be found here.


A program that can be found here.

A fun download that allows a person to have a fun typing environment filled with the pleasing old-school sounds of typing.

Key features:


Focus on your work. Even if Mark Pilgrim doesn’t like full-screen editors, some of us do.
Live text statistics.

Word, page and character counts are updated live as you type.

Programmable page count formula.

Specify what formula to use for page count calculation. You’re not constrained to the 250 words per page rule anymore.
Customizable look and paragraph format.

Change the colors, line spacing, first line indent, paragraph spacing, font…
Perfectly portable.

A single self-contained executable file. That’s all. Easy to use with a pendrive, so you can carry your writing environment with you everywhere. Q10 will remember the last file you worked on, even if the drive letter assigned to your pendrive changes from computer to computer.
Easy to use timer alarm.

Perfect for timed writing sessions and word wars. When the time is over, it will tell you how many words you wrote in that period.
Spell checker.

You don’t make mistakes. I know it. You know it. But many people do, and Q10 lets them check their spelling.

Any paragraph starting with “..” is considered a note. You can get a list of all notes in the current document and jump instantly to any of them.
Target count.

Displays completed percentage. You can choose units: words, pages, lines, paragraphs or characters. If NaNoWriMo is your thing, this is for you.
Partial counts.

Keep track of the extension of current chapter or see how much content you’ve produced in the current writing session. You’re free to use partial counts as you like: up to four counters with customizable labels and units: words, pages, lines, paragraphs or characters.
Autocorrections and quick text.

Unlimited autocorrection entries to fix on the fly those persistent typing errors. Unlimited quick texts list for frequently used words or phrases, like character names, places, etc.
Standard and clean text format.

You will be able to open your work with any text editor or word processor. Now and in the future.
Encoding and line endings agnostic.

Reads and writes ANSI and UTF-8 texts, and line endings formats are not a problem for Q10.
Typing sound effects.

Get that typewriter feeling again. For the trivia lovers among you, the typing sounds were taken from the movie “Amélie”.
Small, fast and stable.

Less than 360Kb in size, you don’t need huge frameworks or runtimes to use this beauty.

You can ask Q10 to save your work after some number of new paragraphs, or after some time has elapsed. If you’re really paranoid, set Q10 to save every paragraph.

Q10 is, and will be, freeware. Period.



* A complete idea/research management database utility for writers.
* You can save ideas for each novel or each type of idea in separate databases or save everything in one database yet find the information quickly due to the comprehensive grouping/categorization features.
* The ability to enter rich-text for your ideas so that you can format your ideas the way you want or even include hyperlinks to websites or attach images relevant to the idea.
* A treeview-based idea navigation facility so that you can quickly locate an idea based on idea type.
* Advanced filtering options to quickly find a specific idea by type, categorization or keyword.

PlotCraft can be found here.


Have a screenplay, audio project, a comic book idea? Then Celtx may be for you. A freeware program that acts as an integrated pre-production tool for film, theatre, audio, AV, and comic book projects–that also can be used for on-line collaboration.

This outstanding program can be found here.

Nods to my friend David C. LaForest, scriptwriter extraordinaire, for telling me about this incredible tool.



Ever do a writing exercise using a word-tree?  Want to use a word-tree again?  If so, great–here’s a piece of free software that enables you to do the same thing–but with your ideas, or in any number of innovative ways.

What is it?

It’s called: FreeMind–Mind mapping software.

Located here.

Not sure if it’s what you might need? Find out by checking the page’s screenshots of the program. Note, it is a Java-based piece of software, but that is not a big deal. Java can be downloaded here.

Anything more? YES!

How about something to help you keep track of your submissions…who you’ve sent that manuscript to, their contact information, what rights you’re selling, and payment(s), pending or delivered.  Then here’s a great piece of shareware that can help you do just that.

What’s it called?


Find it here.
When you get to the page, scroll down to the very bottom and you’ll find the download link.

One Response to Links to Freeware for Writers

  1. Robert S. Wilson says:

    Here’s a few more you might want to check out:

    Simon Hayes who makes yWriter also has another beautiful free application for writers called Sonar 3. Sonar 3 is a very intuitive and handy submission manager. Also, programs like Open Office (sure most of us know about it, but I’m sure there’s some new writers out there who don’t). And then there’s the much lighter weight Abiword and you can always use Softmaker’s FreeOffice which is in my opinion the best free Microsoft Word alternative out there. Not only is it much more light weight than Open Office, but it actually has a lot of the main features that Word has right out of the box like Open Office and they work unlike the often buggy Abiword. And unlike Open Office it doesn’t bog down your computer. And it has the option to switch to the “classic” keyboard settings for Wordstar geeks like myself.

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