I'm working on the last story for SHIFTY, the short story collection set in the world of SAGE, my fantasy trilogy. I revised the story before this using Scrivener, so I decided I would revise this one using yWriter5, a free (yes, I said FREE) program from Spacejock.
like yWriter5 better. How to write and what tools to use will always be
idiosyncratic. I know many people who love Scrivener, and others who
can't wrap their heads around it.
After having used both programs
on real-time projects, I find yWriter5 both simpler and more flexible.
yWriter5 lets you list important items and locations as well as
characters, sort them. It lets you chart viewpoints for each chapter and
scene, date (down to the hour and minute) when each scene happens, and I
don't know what all!
You can view a timeline of when each chapter happens with the chapters appearing on each character's timeline.
each scene, you can note characters, items, locations, scene title
(brief description), and a longer description. You can note whether the
scene is action or reaction, and other details that it's fashionable
these days to call "granular." When you're all granulated up, you can
generate an outline using the brief descriptions, the long ones, or
both. Instant synopsis!
Hey! Call a theme or a motif or a red herring or a clue an Item or a Location and keep track of it at a glance.
can export a list of characters and their descriptions. Export
locations. Export the whole damn project to a Word doc, rtf, html, or an
There's even a Linux version and a version for Windows 8 and up. Alas, none for Mac. Sorry Macsters. :(
AA-aa-and, there's a Wiki with all kindsa helpfulness.
yWriter5. I think I'll keep it.
Marian Allen, Author Lady
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