Being a newbie at taking my writing seriously, I’m still navigating my way through the world of writing tools. Recently I looked at software for writers and found a variety available. Just Google “writer software” and you’ll see for yourself.
The software varies in what it can do and how much it costs. Freeware is free (big surprise) and other software can run into hundreds of dollars. I downloaded demos to see what worked best for me. The one I chose was WriteItNow by Ravenshead Services.
The main thing that sold me was its simplicity and features. Not being a rocket scientist, I figured out how to use the features easily. .
WriteItNow has prompts to help you work your way through writing a scene. Also, it has prompts for character traits and charts the relationships of characters. No more having to go back through pages of manuscript to refresh your memory about who’s sleeping with whom.
For me, a fiction writer, this works. However, I suggest that you spend the time to check out what’s available to find one that meets your needs.
A good editing website I found is autocrit.com. It has an analysis wizard to check a section of text for overused words, repeated phrases, and sentence length variations. You get that for free. I’m trying to decide whether it’s worth paying $47 a year for a gold membership or $77 a year for a platinum membership to get additional reports. Check out the site and let me know what you think.