NaNoWriMo: Writing Software

Every year I struggle to find something to write in for NaNo.

My first year I used Word, but that got old pretty fast: It took me about 5 minutes to locate a scene I’d only written four days earlier…

The next year I used Scrivener, which I loved and still love.

Then came my third go around. This was the year I bought an iPad in October only to discover there is NO Scrivener writing app for the iPad. So I moved to Storyist, which had an app for the iPad and my Mac – and would sync between the two at the click of a button. I was happy.

Now my Mac desktop died in the Spring and I replaced it with a Windows machine which was MUCH cheaper… but Storyist doesn’t work on Windows.

So what will I use this year? Well, I’m going low tech and splashing out on WriteRoom. The designers of WriteRoom have apps for literally EVERYTHING – and they all sync with one another via Dropbox.

WriteRoom was designed to be a simple, clutter free app, that takes away any and all distractions a writer might encounter: email notifications, iTune’s icon (you know you want to listen to music instead of write…), active twitter feed – all of it.

WriteRoom – image from

The only thing which I think will really bother me is thatΒ you can’t italicize text in WriteRoomΒ – I’ll have to go back and do that in December. Also, it lists files in alphabetical order and the only way around this is to number your scenes (1,2,3 etc).

WriteRoom (files/scenes listed on the left) – image from

I’ll let you guys know how I get on.

28 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Writing Software

  1. My hubs tried to set me up for Scrivener this week. Found we couldn’t do it because the Scrivener for Linux system was written for a 32 bit system and I’m running a 64 bit system. Sooo, I’m back to Libre Office which isn’t so bad as it will allow me to save in PDF form.

    • And these are just the ones I’ve tried. πŸ™‚ If I only wrote on one device I’m sure I would have much more choice, but not many people have software which will work on multiple platforms.

  2. Wow it looks like you’ve jumped around a lot! I think I may do this NaNo thingy next year because I love writing and seem to have too many ideas orbiting my brain. We shall see!

    Good luck, Annie! <33

  3. Woha what a great programs. I don’t participate in NaNo though, but Scrivener sounds and looks amazing. I’ll have to check it. Also it’s a bit frustrating when some programs run on only one system, like it’s hard to modify it. I mean duh. Great post πŸ™‚

    • I’ll need it, lol. It’s funny just how many apps there are out there – just think of a topic and they’ll be an app. It’s kind of cool. πŸ™‚

  4. Ah, I hope your NaNoWriMo will go great! I have an idea myself, but no time… Besides the blog and reading, homework takes up all my time! This might be useful in the future though, so thanks!

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