As an author, I admittedly started off with a typewriter. I hated the damned thing, too. Then I moved on to the PC. It was very nice, and quite an upgrade from the frustrating machine before it. Then, I made my favorite purchase: A new laptop. It’s fully equiped with Microsoft Office 2007 as well as a nifty little program called One Note. One note is great for storing little notes and things of that nature.
However, I recently came across a program, which I purchased by the way, called MyNovel. It is far superior to Office and One note as far as writers are concerned, because of the simple fact that everything you need and would want when writing your novel is right there in front of your face.
Sure, when you first open the program it looks kinda like Office. Don’t be deceived, however. One of the most fascinating aspects of this software is the ability to make a story template, change the details of your novel, add diagrams, events, characters, places, objects and even check progress/completion like the little tracker thing on my site. You can find inspiration for characters and places, change the color scheme, view a list of publishers and agents (in the UK mind you), and best of all… you never have to stare at a blank page. It keeps track of all of your characters to the left of the screen with detailed descriptions of them, and clicking another tab will do the same for individual chapters with ease of access.
Mynovel has a very easy to use interface, and you will find yourself planning and mapping out your book with diagrams that will make you look at every aspect of your novel in more detail. You guys should check it out! There’s a free demo of it at www.mynovel.biz
I know I sound like some lame advertiser Merilee, but I find that the software is very useful for novelists. I apologize to you guys for not being around in a while, but now that things are wrapping up in my new book I am going to attempt to make at least two posts here a week.