Here are my thoughts on yWriter after a few more weeks of use:
- The more organised you like to be, the more you’ll get out of it.
- The bigger the novel the more the extra features (scene description, categories etc) will help you.
- When you come to a re-write or do major edits yWriter makes the process easier because you can click and drag scenes / chapters by marking them ‘unused’ until you’re ready to delete.
- If you like being able to see your words counts then you’ll appreciate the way yWriter lists them for scenes and chapters.
- When you export part / all of the project from yWriter, it is plainly elegant and in .rtf (so can be read by most other word processors).
The one thing to remember is that yWriter isn’t Microsoft Word and isn’t trying to be. If you’re a Word user with a taste for the handy tools Word has then you may have to give yourself time to adjust.
Overall, I definitely recommend it for any large / complex projects, and if you’re a writer who likes to be very organised. To grab a copy (it’s free!) follow this link and all credit to Simon Hayes who used his experience as an author to design a good tool!