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Fiction Writing Software

If you're looking for fiction writing software, you've come to the right place.

I have tested and reviewed most of the major fiction writing software products, and share my opinions and thoughts with you here, from the good to the bad to the ugly.

You'll see each fiction writing software product's own page linked from the navigation bar on the left. By all means browse through that, or read my summary page here which gives a brief summary and star-rating for each product.

If you are looking for story-development fiction writing software, and like following a pre-made structure, and money is not too much of an issue, the Marshall Plan Novel Writing Software is the one for you.
If you are looking for good story-development and information management in one, at a very good price, then MyNovel or Power Structure is the one for you.
If you are looking for AMAZING story-development software and don't like being forced into a structure, then you should go for StoryWeaver.
If you are looking for basic story-management software you should go for either WriteItNow 4 or yWriter5 (yWriter5 is free and very good but not quite as good as WriteItNow4 which is $59.99). These are both very good for what they are, but not as good as the recommendations above.


More Detailed Information:

There are many different fiction writing software products out there, and this section is my review of each of them, so that you can make an informed decision.

The first question is whether you even need fiction writing software. The short answer is: no, you don't. All the great classics were written without fiction writing software, after all! It is far from essential.

However ...

Novel Writing Software

... having said that, fiction writing software can be a terrific help in writing your novel. Writing a novel is challenging enough - anything that can help make it easier is worth considering. Those classic novels were written without word processors, after all, without being able to cut and paste, or search and replace - but no writer nowadays would give up his or her computer.

So, I decided I needed to find out what this fiction writing software was all about; if it was any use at all or just a gimmick. And I wanted to find out which was the best software to use, if any. So I have spent quite a long period of time testing out various products to see how they work.

I had several questions. One of the main ones was whether the software was easy to use. You know that song line, "I'm a lover not a dancer"? Well, I'm a writer not a geek! I wanted something to help me write my novel; not something that would take so long to learn that it would distract me from writing.

And I wanted to find out which was the best fiction writing software to use.

What I found out was this ...

There's a summary of my review of each fiction writing software product below, or click on each product's name to read my detailed assessment.

StoryWeaver
Power Structure
NewNovelist
Marshall Plan For Novel Writing
WriteItNow 4
yWriter5
NovelPlanner
StoryBook
Liquid Story Binder

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Fiction Writing Software Review Summary

Product StoryWeaver
Star Rating StoryWeaver
Description Story Development Software
Price $29.95
Demo Available? Yes - full functionality; no ability to save.
Money Back Guarantee? Yes - 90 days
PC or Mac? Both
Recommend? Very much - an absolutely excellent product, and terrific value
Detailed Review StoryWeaver
Product Website StoryWeaver Website

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Power Structure 

Star Rating  Power Structure
Description Story Development Software
Price $99.95 download / $119.95 hard copy CD
Demo Available? Yes
Money Back Guarantee? Yes
PC or Mac? Both
Recommend? Absolutely - it's excellent software - read the critique to get the full details.
Detailed Critique Power Structure
Product Website Power Structure Website


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Product WriteItNow 4
Star Rating WriteItNow4
Description A comprehensive Information Management Product
Price $59.95
Demo Available? Yes - almost full functionality; no ability to save
Money Back Guarantee? No
PC or Mac? Both - Macs with Java 1.5 or higher
Recommend? Very much - an excellent product
Detailed Critique WriteItNow4
Product Website WriteItNow4 Website


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Product Marshall Plan For Novel Writing
Star Rating Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
Description An extremely structured and comprehensive template to follow
Price $149.00
Demo Available? Yes - full functionality; no ability to save
Money Back Guarantee? Yes -30 day money-back guarantee
PC or Mac? PC only - Mac coming soon.
Recommend? I found the rigid structure to be too limiting for me. But it's a very well constructed product, and could suit a more structured writer.
Detailed Critique Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
Product Website Marshall Plan Website

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Product NewNovelist
Star Rating NewNovelist
Description A story template software based around the Hero's Journey
Price $54.99 or £29.99.
Demo Available? No
Money Back Guarantee? No
PC or Mac? PC only
Recommend? I found it very difficult to use and limiting. It has good testimonials from others, however.
Detailed Critique NewNovelist
Product Website NewNovelist Website

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Product YWriter5
Star Rating yWriter5
Description A comprehensive Information Management Product
Price Free (You can donate if you want but there is no pressure to)
Demo Available? n/a - you can just download it
Money Back Guarantee? n/a
PC or Mac? PC only
Recommend? Yes, with some small reservations as detailed on the detailed critique page.
Detailed Critique yWriter5
Product Website yWriter5 Website

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Product StoryBook
Star Rating Software for writers
Description Information Management Software
Price Free, but donations actively solicited
Demo Available? n/a - you can just download it.
Money Back Guarantee? n/a
PC or Mac? PC only
Recommend? It's not as good as either WriteItNow4 or yWriter5
Detailed Critique StoryBook
Product Website StoryBook Website

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Product Liquid Story Binder XE
Star Rating Software for writers
Description Information Management Software
Price $45.95
Demo Available? Yes - Full functionality including saving for
30 days' use for free.
Money Back Guarantee? Yes
PC or Mac? PC only
Recommend? I couldn't get it to work at all, so I cannot recommend it. Check out the detailed critique for full information on my experiences.
Detailed Critique Liquid Story Binder XE
Product Website Liquid Story Binder Website

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