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Modern Writer's Toolbox I

Sun Mar 19, 2017, 10:00 AM
Welcome to the modern writer's tools project, designed to bring you the ultimate secret tools of writing that are scattered throughout the web!

Many, many thanks to the wonderful justMANGO who had originally come up with this and placed a great deal of effort to bring it to life.


Section I: Markdown & Markup, Plain Text Editors


Ai Writer:


Ai Writer is a plain text editor that's designed to provide a good writing experience for Mac, Android and IOs. It's simple and quick, serves the intended purpose and not CPU intensive.

pros:
  • Markdown and Preview.
  • Easy UI.
  • Custom templates, documents library, and cloud sync.
Price:9.99$ Mac
3.99$ IOS.
Compatibility:Mac, IOS, Android.;

screenshot from website.

Suggested by illuminara


Byword

ByWord is a markdown app for writing in plain text efficiently
Pros
  • Clear UI, simple use.
  • Sync to icloud and DropBox.
  • Supports exporting to different text format.

Price:11.99$ for Mac
5.99$ for IOS.
Compatibility:Mac, IOS.
screenshot from website.


Suggested by illuminara



WriteMonkey:

WriteMonkey is a free text editor for Windows x32 and x64. It's composed of a simple UI, it is light, fast and free and offers an array of tools as well.

Cons:
  • Last update was in 2014, the devs may have dropped support for this editor

Price:Free.
Compatibility:Windows
screenshot from website.

Suggested by illuminara


Ulysses

Ulysses is a writing app for Mac, iPhone and iPad. It encourages immersion with the text, and testify how using it has considerably increased their productivity.

Pros
  • Distractions free software.
  • Organized and simple UI.
  • Supports export into multiple text formats.

Price:44.99$ for Mac.
24.99$ for IOS.
Compatibility:Mac, IOS.
screenshot from website.

Suggested by illuminara

 
Twine

Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. It allows you to extend a story by images, logic, CSS, and even Javascript.

Pros
  • Extremely helpful for stories that contain a large set of places and characters.
  • You can use it directly from your browser.


Cons:
  • There's a learning curve. It's not particularly easy to get into.

Price: Free.
Compatibility:Windows, OS X, Linux.
screenshot from website.


Suggested by justMANGO


Writers Pad

Writers Pad is a nifty writing app for windows. It allows you to plan plots, chapters and characters. Writers Pad is focused on features that really help you on writing your Novels, like plot and character management.
Pros:
  • It allows you to write each chapter scene by scene.
  • Has seperate tabs for characters and plotoutlines.
  • Backup to OneDrive and local phone storage.


Cons:
  • App development stopped, so it wont get more updates.


Price:Free.
Compatibilty: Windows 10 Phones/tablets, 

Screenshot from website.


Suggested by Mythiril


JotterPad

JotterPad is a plain text editor for creative writing.The clean typing interface allows you to focus on writing, shaping your thoughts into text. Go about your creative writing without distractions and write to your hearts content.

Pros:
  • Local and Dropbox storage.
  • Light app. It runs on low-end devices.
  • Supports bluetooth keyboards.

Price:Free+
Compatibility:Android, Amazon kindle.
screenshot from website.


Suggested by neurotype


Gingko

Gingko is a new kind of tool, that lets you shape your ideas with lists, outlines and cards, all in the same clean interface. It can be very useful for big projects.
Pros
  • Allows you to create lists, card and branch out ideas and link them easily.
  • Clean and easy interface.

Cons:
  • Requires a little learning curve.

PriceFree.
Compatibility: Windows.

Screenshot from website.


Suggested by Mythiril


YEdit

YEdit is a very basic text editor software with frequent auto-backups and a countdown word counter.

pros
  • Countdown word counter, useful when you have a word goal.
  • Basic editor, no distractions


Cons:
  • The app is extremely simple, not many features available.

Price: Free.
Compatibility Windows.

screenshot from website.




This is the first part of 4 others containing useful writer tools and this list will be updated with whichever suggestions you may make. So if you know a good text editor, leave us a comment below.


This is the first part of 4 others containing useful writer tools and this list will be updated with whichever suggestions you may make. So if you know a good text editor, leave us a comment below. 
Add a Comment:
 
:icondomaex:
Domaex Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I may have to start using Gingko as a monthly event planner too, I like it's interface and it's pretty easy to use! Nice find!
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:D go for it 
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lancedART Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this... 

Another one for your list...

www.literatureandlatte.com/scr… - very comprehensive app - takes some getting used to, but once you do, it works very well for the purpose it was designed for... 
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
hey there,Scrivener will be added in the next list :3 
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:iconsrsmith:
SRSmith Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017   Writer
Great collection of apps here.

Personally, I use OmmWriter for a good, distraction free environment - it's 'set your own price ware', with a suggested price of $5.00ish. Mac/PC

Once I've written something, or occasionally for a change of visual, I use BBEdit, which is my programming text editor of choice. You can buy the full version for $50±, or use it for free with a limited set of features, but everything you need to write. Mac only.

Neither of these is glitzy or full of fancy features, but that's exactly what I like about them. 

If you're the kind of writer who wishes they could write in vim, BBEdit will be your cup of tea.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
omm writer looks good, I'll check it out and add it to the list :meow: thank you

we did have BBEdit originally, but after some discussion, we replaced it with something simpler. The programming aspect of that software might make it harsh for those who just want to write. 
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:iconsrsmith:
SRSmith Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017   Writer
BBEdit is a very powerful tool, but if you ignore all the features, at its heart it's a blank page you can type on with word counting, spell check, and no font or paragraph styling to distract you, which is why I like it so much. For me it's visually different from OmmWriter, so quite often I'll write and edit in Omm, then switch to BBEdit just for a change of visual, which is surprisingly effective at helping me see things I didn't see in Omm.
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b4k4-san Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
It's not a text editor, but folks may find it helpful or interesting:
Crevoke Is a tool/community where you receive a three-word prompt and a time limit, and you just write. It's helped me in the past with overcoming writers' block. It's just something simple that you can use to get juices flowing on something random and unrelated, then carry that momentum back to your main project.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you, this can be added into an upcoming list :meow: 
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:iconwhiskeydreamer:
WhiskeyDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017   Writer
This is a wonderful journal.  Thank you for sharing.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you 
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:iconrollingtomorrow:
RollingTomorrow Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017   General Artist
This was a great collection of applications! :la: I've used Twine before, it can be really fun for making non-linear stories.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :3 
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ShotToNothing Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
great resource. thanks!
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:meow: 
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AspiredWriter Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
the pinnacle of my writing troubles has always been finding the right writing tool. after not finding one i made one! :dummy: but it was a major flop. though conceptually it was great, my inadequate programming experience has made it a piece of shit. if only i could find someone or someones who are programming-savvy and would be willing to contribute to make this great writer a reality it'd be awesome but i know not where to start looking.

maybe you could do a little shoutout for any programming-savvy writers here who might want to take on the mantle... just an idea.

that aside, this is a really cool feature! thanks a bunch!
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh that's interesting.
not sure you'll find many programming-savvy writers, though, I know some, but i think you can always post it in the forums and see if any programmer (not necessarily a writer) might be interested to help 
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:iconaspiredwriter:
AspiredWriter Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
does anyone even go into the forums these days?
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
you can always post in projects and see
i go into thumbshare mostly 
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:iconchrisryder123:
chrisryder123 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Fantastic idea :-D
Brilliant resources thank you so much
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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:iconiduna-haya:
Iduna-Haya Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome, thank you so much!
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
most welcome 
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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
That reverse dictionary sounds really useful for me. I typically use Rhymezone but it's still a chore
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:iconhawkieface:
Hawkieface Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm really glad to hear! I use it all the time because it bugs me to not use the word that I want, I really hope you can get some good use out of it :)
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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
I bet I will. Non-native speaker here - it's very frustrating to know there's a word out there when it just won't come to you...
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
awwh thank you
and what you linked is useful, but for an upcoming list and not this one. So stay tuned :meow: 
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:iconhawkieface:
Hawkieface Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome x
And I'm really glad to hear aaaaa! I knew it wouldn't be for this list lol but I wanted to slip it in before you made the other haha uwu
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:iconakrasiel:
akrasiel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017   General Artist
Is Scrivener going to be in the next list? It should definitely be mentioned somewhere because it's awesome. :thumbsup: Pretty much designed for novel writing.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, it's in the next list indeed :nod: 
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:icondamonwakes:
DamonWakes Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Writer
Great to see Twine in here! One other pro it might be worth adding for that is that you can use it right in your browser so there's no need to install anything. I've even heard it'll work that way on Android/iOS, but from the sounds of things you'd be better off working on something else.

A possible con is that it's not terribly easy to get your text back out of it in a linear, non-interactive format. There's a "proofing copy" feature that will provide you with the complete text of your story all in one place, but the formatting's a little iffy and the order of the passages can be unpredictable.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you, added them :meow: 
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:icondamonwakes:
DamonWakes Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Writer
Great! Though I certainly wouldn't say that it's difficult to get started in Twine: you can jump into your first story in literally four clicks. The problems come if you're trying to use it to produce linear text stories rather than the interactive HTML ones it's designed for. I figured that would be worth a mention since your list is geared towards simple text editors, and actually people do use Twine for that sort of thing: it just involves a little editing and formatting to clean up the end result.
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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Makes me want to write giant novels...!
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:D wait until the next installment, there are more goodies 
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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Looking forward to it!
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danny-mechanist Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
One note is awesome especially if you work on your PC and mobile devices since it syncs to the cloud and comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office on the PCs.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i like it, but i hate that you need an internet connection all the time to use it (at least the one on my phone requires that, i dunno if it's any different for pc) 
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danny-mechanist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The PC one is standalone and I have used it on the android without an internet connection, it just needs internet every once in a while to sync.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a Windows phone, doesn't work without internet
I didn't try it on android, I have office on my tablet + a nifty app called color note
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danny-mechanist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's odd, the android app works better than the app on their native OS for Phones. Then again Windows Mobile was only any good up til WM6. Then they screwed it up. I've used WM5.5 (Win Xp Mobile) and it was awesome.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, my lumia has a windows 10 actually. I quite like it, it's handy, especially for Microsoft native apps like word/one drive/skype. 
it comes with a full ms office version, so I don't really have to worry much about my documents and all, insta sync to one drive.
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:icondanny-mechanist:
danny-mechanist Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I still like the pre-metro windows phones better
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ikr?
I loved the symbian system the most. I had a c7 phone. It was amazing
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017   Writer
I have no experience with most of these - I generally use LibreOffice, and see no reason to change that - but Twine is really great for interactive fiction.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The main reason I don't use LibreOffice is because like 40% of my writing is done in bed on my phone :lol:
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017   Writer
I'm pretty impressed that you're able to do that. I can't manage for long without a proper keyboard.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I use the sliding keyboard, so it's better than standard at least.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Libre office will be included in the next installment actually under the rich text editors section. 
This is just for simple notepad-like apps :3 
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