Just a little while ago I was talking to my best friend Jessica Werner about the software that we use to write our novels. If you have been in the writing world long enough, you know there are quite a lot of options out there ranging from the simple pen and paper to the complicated and advanced Scrivener.
It dawned on me that I haven’t shared the program that I use to write my novels and novellas and why I like it. So, to rectify that mistake, here is my discussion and review of Ywriter6.
What is YWriter6?
YWriter6 is a free program designed by author Simon Haynes (the creator of the famous Hal Spacejock series) to help him write his novels. Much like me, he likes to focus on the scenes and not the chapter, and when you are writing books in the 20,000 to 50,000 range, it can become a nightmare to keep track of it all.
When I first started writing, it was known as Ywriter3, so I have been using it since Jassik Creed & The Mermaids of Emerald Lagoon.
Why YWriter6 is Robust even for Being Free
I know, free software sounds good but we all have been disappointed by the results when we run it. Ywriter6, on the other hand, meets the basics of all writing software because the author wanted to use it to write.
It has some strong features like assigning characters, locations, and items to a scene so later you can use the storyboard function and see where they are. Even the scene categories are stuffed full of features like setting the scene’s point of view, adding notes on its role in the chapter and more.
Well, what are the downside?
For me? None. That’s why I use it. But others may not like it as it’s not fancy like Scrivener with all the export features, templates but I feel that it’s a feature and not a drawback. I attempted to use Scrivener (and will be a review at a later date) and was just overwhelmed with the things that could be done.
Do you want to try it out? I highly recommend you head to Simon Hayne’s website, download a copy and give it a try. Also, why not take a shot at his Hal Spacejock series. At the writing of this blog, his novel A Robot named Clunk is free on Amazon.com!
Why not tell me about your specific program and what you like to use in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.