- I must say, I have not seen Hiveword mentioned much. It is rather new I think. It is a free cloud based novel planning program, and I love it! LitLift seems to have the same idea, but I haven't quite got the hang of it. Hiveword is very easy to use and I like the look of it, inspiring somehow, maybe it is colors they use. I wish they would expand it into a Scrivener type program... I have the free trial of Schrivener for windows, but it just isn't helping me, need to play with it some more I guess. I watched some tutorials by Rosepetals1984 on You Tube on Liquid Story Binder (there are quite a few tutorials there) and that seems like the ticket to me, once you learn to use it. I have looked through this forum and so far have complied quite a list of programs that are out there, many of which are free.
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Just plain organizing, not necessarily intended for writing
Mindmapping abounds, just google mindmapping...
For Novel Planning
More novel planning, for organizing characters, settings and scenes, etc
- Hiveword - really like - cloud based
- LitLift - not sure yet - cloud based
- discussion thread on ask ubuntu about an alternative for scrivener
- papel - abandonware but a neat concept
- tiddlywiki - a complete wiki in a single file you edit through your browser -- cool concept
Well known... for organizing and writing
- Scrivener, of course
- yWriter: free
- WriteItNow $60 USD in 2013-09-24
- storYbook: free, open source
- Celtx Edge - can't figure out how to use this one; cloud-based service, 15 day free trial
- Also see Celtx - free, open source
- Liquid Story Binder - has a free 30 day trial
Cloud base programs... mostly for writing...
Distraction-free text editors
- for themed backgrounds for the above, this site... http://blog.scrybr.com/ has many cool themes, as well as links to other writing apps less well known
- ZenWriter (Windows)
- Writeroom - for Mac/iOS
As you can see there are quite a few programs out there.