I would love to discuss my latest splurge. As a “newbie” novelist, I thought I would do myself a favour and purchase a writing program that would help me slog through my first attempts at writing a novel. After spending a little time researching other programs, I found that the new version of New Novelist 2.0 would likely suit my basic needs. Noticed I said “basic”, I’m not sure how this program will suit my needs if I make it to a second or third novel, and start developing my story-lines in “funky” or “novel” ways. Only time will tell, yes?!
So far, I only have good comments to make about this software. According to the reviews of aspiring and accomplished writers, the first version of this package was considered to be less than ideal. It lacked the versatility and basic options of some of the major word-processing programs like “Word” (just a few “little” things….oh…like a reliable “back-up” option and spell checker/thesaurus to name a few!). Since re-introducing the program into the marketplace, the creators have beefed up the first version by de-bugging the program (crossing my fingers) and adding features such as Internet Research, chapter re-organisation and print-outs among other things.
So far, I am finding that the format is rather user friendly and informative. Some of the features (including the ability to collate research, characters and chapters) are going to keep me on track with my writing objectives (which is especially important when you consider that any writer wants to create a work that is organised, uniquely creative and makes an impact). No room for pointless annotations or characters in the case of novel writing (ahem….[grin]….I can hear the editor types “sigh” as they roll their eyes). Anyway, I will let you know more about the software as I unravel it’s quirky intricacies…
If anyone has any comments regarding this or other software, I would greatly appreciate your input!