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Best Free Software Programs for Writers

  • NoteTab Light — Free Version — I built this web site with this program (every single incarnation of this site, including the current version, stylesheets and all).
    Go to the NoteTab website.
  • Sonar — Free (donations accepted) — Created by the creator of yWriter, this handy program tracks submissions better than a spreadsheet.
    Go to the Sonar website.
  • WordWeb — Free Version — WordWeb is a thesaurus and dictionary that can integrate with other programs or run as a standalone program.
    Go to the WordWeb website.
  • yWriter — Free (donations accepted) — yWriter5 is the latest version. yWriter5 is a fabulous little program full of useful features. I've had to move it into the "best" category simply because it has become a truly useful, excellent program.
    Go to the yWriter website.
  • RoughDraft — Freeware — RoughDraft is an easy to use word processing program created specifically for writers with features that meet a writer's unique needs.
    Go to the RoughDraft website.
    Similar programs: WriteWay, yWriter
  • TreePad Lite — Freeware — Great for notes, detailed lists, character and scene sketches, or just anything at all. I've created a story note organizer for TreePad. It's a simple document in the TreePad format that can be used as a template to help you organize all those documents that invariably accumulate as you work on your most recent novel(s). It also lets you keep track of submissions and rejections. Download my template story_note_organizer.hjt (right click and choose "save target as" or "save link as").
    Go to the TreePad website.

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