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What's so special about yWriter?I really struggled over my first novel because I wrote whole slabs of text into a great big word processor file and tried to make sense of the whole thing at once. I then tried saving each chapter to individual files with great long descriptive filenames, but moving scenes around was a nuisance and I couldn't get an overview of the whole thing (or easily search for one word amongst 32 files)However, as a programmer I'm used to dealing with projects broken into source files and modules, and I never lose track of my code. I decided to apply the same working method to my novels ... and it was just what I needed.A scene is a pleasant chunk to work on - small and well-defined, you can slot them into your novel, dragging and dropping them from one chapter to another as you interleave strands from different viewpoint characters and work out the overall flow of your book. You can also drop a scene completely if you've written yourself into a dead end, without feeling you've ground to a complete halt.Of course, you can't just write a bunch of unrelated scenes. You need an overall design goal ... your plot. yWriter will generate a number of different reports from your scene and chapter summaries, from a brief scene list to a comprehensive synopsis. If you update the 'readiness' setting for each scene it will even generate a work schedule showing what you have to do to meet your deadline for the outline, first draft, first edit and second edit.yWriter also allows you to add scenes with no content - just type a brief description and you can pretend you've written it. This is great for the parts you're not ready to write yet, or for when you get blocked. Skip over that part and come back later! Unfinished scenes, rough ideas ... it's so much harder to keep track of them when they're all pasted into one long word processing document.yWriter may look simple, but as the author of four books written with this tool I can guarantee it has everything needed to get a first draft together.Best of all, yWriter is free.Features:Organise your novel using a 'project'.Add chapters to the project.Add scenes, characters, items and locations.Display the word count for every file in the project, along with a total.Saves a log file every day, showing words per file and the total. (Tracks your progress)Saves automatic backups at user-specified intervals.Allows multiple scenes within chaptersViewpoint character, goal, conflict and outcome fields for each scene.Multiple characters per scene.Storyboard view, a visual layout of your work.Re-order scenes within chapters.Drag and drop of chapters, scenes, characters, items and locations.Automatic chapter renumbering.
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