Monday, June 6, 2011

yWriter Software Awesomeness

About a month ago, I was directed to the yWriter site by a post from K.M. Weiland at Wordplay--if you haven't checked out her blog yet, you are missing out. She has a ton of great posts on writing, including regular vlogs. It's an excellent resource for writers.

Okay, back to the awesomeness that is the yWriter software. As many of you have probably guessed, I am a hardcore fan of MS Word. That hasn't changed, but when it comes to organizing my story, yWriter is the first writing program to have all the features I want plus a whole lot more.

One of my favorite features is that even though I don't really care for typing my story directly into the software (hardcore Word fan, remember?) I can copy and paste in what I've written for the day and it keeps a log of how much I write each day, so I can keep track of whether or not I'm meeting my daily goals, which helps me stay motivated. Pretty cool, huh?

Best part about it? It's FREE!

I considered putting together a Word Tip Wednesday type tutorial, but this vlog from K.M. Weiland does a great job of showing how simple it is to use and gives a good sampling of the features included.

Anyone already using this software? Any other methods for organizing your stories that you love or can't live without?


  1. Whoa, this is fabulous! I don't generally get excited about computer software, but this looks like a truly amazing way to keep organized. I'm definitely going to download it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. One of my crit partners uses it. I use Scrivener, which I love. they sound similar. I write the first draft in the software and then after major rewrites export it to a word doc.

  3. That looks like a nice program. I use Scrivener for my Mac and I LOVE it.