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yWriter 5

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    May 11, 2012
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yWriter 5 is an unusual but interesting bit of freeware that takes a coder's approach to writing a novel. Simon Haynes, a bestselling novelist and programmer, developed it to help the aspiring author by automating many of the tasks common to fiction writing. It's basically a specialized word processor that breaks down the elements of a writing project into discrete pieces that can be refined individually and then strung together, much the way a coder approaches a large programming job. Chapters, scenes, characters, and plot elements can be defined, developed, edited, and automatically integrated into the project. You can even drag and drop elements such as new or altered characters or locations into the narrative. It won't suggest plot twists or offer creative suggestions, but it does help the writer focus on the creative process by looking after the housekeeping.

The program downloads and installs easily and free of adware and other malicious software (as is all software on Download.com). It also uses local config files, not the Windows Registry, so it's completely portable. The clean, businesslike interface resembles a spreadsheet more than a word processor, but you don't have to write in it--you can create content in your favorite program and use yWriter 5 to keep track of it. A PDF Quickstart Guide illustrated with many screen shots makes it easy to set up your first project. A sample project shows what yWriter 5 can do in the hands of an experienced writer.

Not only does yWriter5 do something no other software does that we're aware of, but it also does it well. It's completely free to download and use.

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5 stars

"I love ywriter5"

October 21, 2012  |  By rdnicolai

 |  Version: yWriter 5


Your entire book becomes interchangeable


Scenes can be moved where needed - even entire chapters.


I <3 this software.

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5 stars

"I've been using this since he came out with it."

May 27, 2012  |  By jkpriebe

 |  Version: yWriter 5


I've tried other writing programs, but have always came back to yWriter. I use it for building short stories by using each chapter as the title of the story and the scenes as scenes to build on the short story. I have used it for full novel writing - chapters & scenes. And I have use it to write Non-fiction, where each chapter is a main idea and the scenes I use to flush out the idea. Simon is always open for suggestions and if you find a bug. It really is one great piece of software.


None that I have found.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
Version added a new 'Export to ebook (chapters)' routine, which creates one ebook file per chapter using the chapter title for the filename. Ideal for putting multiple short stories and novellas into one yWriter project and exporting them all individually.
Publisher Spacejock Software
Publisher web site http://www.spacejock.com
Release Date May 11, 2012
Date Added May 11, 2012
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Microsoft .Net Framework
Download Information
File Size 2.04MB
File Name yWriter5Full.exe
Total Downloads 47,139
Downloads Last Week 92
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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