Visual novel tools for writing and organizing – yWriter and FocusWriter

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I just wanted to take the time to make a little blurb about a program I’ve been addicted to lately. I’m working on a new project, but all the notes and information for it is all in a bunch of different documents. I personally find it hard to try to organize my thoughts, especially before I write out all the plot points and put it together. yWriter is a great novel writing program that’s free. It pretty much allows you to organize your books into chapters and scenes.

If you’re just embarking on your first novel a program like yWriter may seem like overkill. I mean, all you have to do is type everything into a word processor! Sure, but wait until you hit 20,000 words, with missing scenes and chapters, notes all over your desk, characters and locations and plot points you’ve just added and which need to be referenced earlier … it becomes a real struggle. Now imagine that same novel at 40,000 or 80,000 words! No wonder most first-time writers give up.

When it comes to writing a VN, yWriter is a pretty good investment for organizing and writing. You can even add a bunch of details to your work such as characters, locations, items, and even times of the day for your scenes.

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Haha, I actually use it for rough story line planning in my comic too, it’s super helpful. (I’m just a teeny bit addicted…)

While writing my actual scripts, in the past I’ve used to just write everything straight in jedit, but after working on my newest projects I’ve taken a liking to writing in a word processor first. My main issue with writing is the distraction, especially when I look up words and then figure to check some social media site. 😛 I downloaded FocusWriter and it helps me work better! It takes up your whole screen, you can easily customize your writing area, and plus it gives you a nice percent count of your daily goal.

One thought on “Visual novel tools for writing and organizing – yWriter and FocusWriter”

  1. These visual tools are great for writers to use when they have trouble coming up with ideas or feel like they don t know anything to write about. A mind map starts with just one topic bubble, in which you write a topic such as, writing.

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