I purchased WriteItNow 4 to help organize the new novel I’m working on. Before WriteItNow, which was under $50.00, I used MS Word for my word processing and organization, or I should say for what little organization there was in my earlier efforts.
So far so good for WriteItNow. I used to have multiple docs open so I could keep track of things during the writing process, and now I just have one. All of the characters can be developed as fully as I need, and the peripheral characters are there as well, just in case they become something more. With nothing more than a click I can jump over to a character to check on a detail to make sure I stay consistent. Past events and locations can just as easily be checked.
There are sections, all in the same open doc., for chapters (broken into scenes), events, locations, notes and ideas. The thesaurus is excellent. There is a word counter for entire text, chapters, or individual scenes that also determines and displays reading level.
The software includes graphs of character relationships and scenes, a section to keep track of references and finally a submissions section so you can keep track of where you have sent the piece.
The software is intuitive to use, even for an at best average tech user like me. There is more extensive creative writing software out there, but I don’t think you would get more for the buck for such a great organizational tool as this one.
Keep writing, unlike my lame writing efforts so far in 2011. Let’s close the year with a few decent sentences.