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Free & cheap creative writing software

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I'd love to get a little list of free/cheap resources for hobbying and jobbing writers going. Do you have any recommendations?

To start, here are a couple I've used:

Scrivener: 30-day free trial
Helps with organising ideas, creating plots, structuring your stories/scripts/articles etc. The good thing about the 30-day free trial is that it only counts the days you actually use it, so if you only opened Scrivener a few times a week, you could eke out the free trial for weeks. Other bonuses: you don't need to add card details, and when the free trial's over, you don't lose the file/s you've created.

Write or Die
This free online tool prompts you to write and not stop. You can add perils that punish you for stopping, like the sound of screeching violins, as well as sounds that reward prolonged writing, like the sound of a cat purring. Or for real jeopardy, activate 'kamikaze mode': then if you pause typing for a certain period, it begins deleting words you've written.

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  • soph_lew
    soph_lew Posts: 7 Forumite
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    I don't have anything to add (sorry!) but just want to say thank you! I need something to push me and the Write or Die one sounds hilarious
  • MSE_Laura_F
    MSE_Laura_F Posts: 1,575 MSE Staff
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    Wild isn't it! Good luck with your writing.
  • Sandtree
    Sandtree Posts: 10,628 Forumite
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    Plenty have spent time compiling these sorts of lists before you such as: 
    https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-apps/ 

    Really depends on what aspect of writing you need assistance with and what you are writing... tools to track plot etc for a novel wont be much use if you are trying to write a factual reference book just as citation and indexing apps useful for those dont help much with novels. 
  • MSE_Laura_F
    MSE_Laura_F Posts: 1,575 MSE Staff
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    Thanks for that link, @Sandtree. I must let the writer know they missed out Write or Die!
  • MSE_Laura_F
    MSE_Laura_F Posts: 1,575 MSE Staff
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    edited 25 May 2022 at 2:58PM
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    Another creative writing tool I'm keen on: Celtx

    Good for playwriting and scriptwriting. I use the free basic plan. There's a limit to how many projects you can create with the basic plan, but in the past I've just set up more than one account.
  • MSE_Laura_F
    MSE_Laura_F Posts: 1,575 MSE Staff
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    I've recently discovered this very easy-to-use writing prompt generator.

    For creative writers running low on ideas, this tool throws out prompts. A few examples: 'Animal Crossing' (what happens when two creatures cross paths), 'Favourite Number' (how does this number affect a person's life?), 'Silly Sports' (what happens when characters take a sport way too seriously?). If the prompts don't spark anything, you can keep on generating until they do.
  • Jenna_Appleseed
    Jenna_Appleseed Posts: 4,968 Forumite
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    On a similar note if you're into making/writing zines
    https://zcmag.xyz/zine-idea-generator/
    "And suddenly I find myself listening to a man I've never known before,
    Telling me about the sea..."
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