Writing is a challenging task, especially if you’re writing an entire book, series, or creating your own fictional world.
The thought of actually writing a complete novel can feel like an impossible task, something that you simply cannot reach.
And you’re partly right, for it is a huge task that will take time.
But luckily for you, I’ve gathered 11 amazing tools you can use to both write and plan your books while making the overall experience more comfortable and fun!
Some of these tools are paid, but I’ve also included free ones you can start using right now!
Thus, let’s get started on the tools!
Table Of Contents:
- World Anvil
- Plot Factory
- Microsoft Word
- Libre Office
- Fantasy Name Generator
- Focus Writer
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(Free Trial For 10 Days | 50 – 75€)
Campfire is a newer tool I’ve found very recently. It offers great tools for outlining your book, flesh out characters and even create entire worlds!
Campfire has two versions. The 50€ version allows you to:
- Plan Character Development with in-depth tools
- Design Story Timelines
- Make Your Own Maps And Flesh Out Locations In Your Story
The other version is basically an upgrade to the later one. You pay 25€ more to get access to advanced worldbuilding tools that allow you to design your own magic systems, races, creatures, and so on.
Keep in mind that the free trial gives you access to all of the features, though only for the short duration of ten days.
To conclude, Campfire is a great tool for designing and outlining stories and characters, but from my personal experience, I can say there is a better tool for worldbuilding detailed worlds.
Let’s talk about:
(Free | 5,50 – 14,00€ Per Month)
World Anvil has been my tool of choice for worldbuilding. I’ve been using it for countless years now and I really don’t regret subscribing.
World Anvil allows you to create your own wiki for your fantasy world. You can create articles about basically anything and connect them to each other, allowing you to create this kind of interactive knowledge base for your world!
There are countless templates for articles, ranging from character to magic articles.
World Anvil helps your worldbuilding by offering questions you can start answering. As you keep worldbuilding, you can answer more and more questions, thus, making your world more detailed.
There are four regular tiers of subscription, starting from free to 14€ per month.
A thing to note about the free version is the fact that you cannot keep your wiki private, thus, if you want to keep your worldbuilding plans a secret, I highly recommend at least getting the 5,50€ tier.
(These subscriptions can also be bought 3-months, 6-months, or even a year at a time, which reduces their monthly price.)
There’s also the sage tier, which allows you to monetize your worldbuilding.
I wrote a more in-depth article about World Anvil, so if you want to learn more, click here to read more about it!
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(Free | 9 – 19€ per month)
In need of a one great and powerful tool which can help you both write and plan your story?
Plot Factory has you covered!
Plot Factory is kind of a mix of World Anvil, Ommwriter, and Campfire. It offers powerful tools for both writing and planning stories.
For example, Plot Factory offers: Character list, tools for planning chapters and scenes, name generator, plot organizer, outlining tools, word count goals, and even narration, which I think was a pleasant surprise!
Those are some of the features, just to name a few and if you want to learn more, I highly suggest you to check it out using the link on the title.
Plot Factory is also based on the web, just like World Anvil, so you can edit your work on the go.
It’s a great tool for people more focused on stories with not that much worldbuilding. Plot Factory offers great tools for the story itself, though I must admit that World Anvil beats Plot Factory in worldbuilding tools.
You can use both for their respectful uses!
(Free | 6,99 – 13,99€)
Evernote is a great tool for making detailed notes.
It can help you keep your ideas organized in a way that allows you to easily navigate and find those ideas you wrote down a long time ago.
From my own experience, I can say that the free version is more than plenty, but if you’re working with a team, the 13,99€ monthly subscription is not a bad idea because of the vast number of team tools it offers!
Before I bought a typewriter, this was the program I used to write my novels.
The Battle of the Broken Mind was written with this and there’s a simple reason why it’s a marvellous tool.
It’s a distraction free!
Ommwriter offers you a way to write which blocks all forms of distractions from your view.Tweet
No Google search bar, no Twitter, no Facebook.
Just you and your text, with a beautiful background.
Ommwriter also offers some calming background music that can help your inspiration flow better.
But by far the best thing about Ommwriter, at least in my opinion, is the typing sounds.
You can choose from a variety of sounds which will play every time you type. This can make typing more motivating and fun, which in turn makes writing faster and more pleasant.
(Free Trial For 30 Days | 53€)
Scrivener is a powerful program that offers all the tools you need to create a book.
You can plan your setting, your characters, your story timeline in Scrivener.
You can write distraction-free and also format the book into its final form.
Thus, Scrivener is a powerhouse that offers you basically everything. This comes with a bit steep learning curve, for you must first learn to navigate the program, but overall, a great tool.Tweet
(Around 120€ | Office 365 Subscription: 69,99€ Per Year or 6,99 Per Month)
Microsoft Word needs no introduction. It’s a vital tool for any writer, especially those who want to self publish.
MS Word offers wonderful formatting tools which can turn your rough draft into a finished book.
It has everything you need to actually bring your written book to its final form just before sending it online.
This is a program I use to format my books and I prefer MS Word over everything else simply because of its powerful and simple to use tools.
Libre Office offers similar tools to MS Office.
It is free, thus, if your budget is slim, this might be the right choice for you.
The thing about Libre Office is that their programs are a bit lower quality when compared to Microsoft Office.
When I was formating my first novel, I had difficulties using the simplest of tools, such as margins and page counts. This led me to turn back to MS Word.
Nonetheless, free is free and it can offer you what you need if you’re prepared to sacrifice some elements from the MS Office.
This is a great website I’ve been using to get names for my characters.
Fantasy Name Generator offers way over a hundred different name generator, including completely fictional names, such as Elven names and Orcish names etc.
It also allows you to generate real names based on country. Thus, if your story takes place in Spain, you can get Spanish names easily with this site.
It also offers names from past time periods, such as Victorian Era names, which is one of my favourite generators.
Definitely worth checking out if you’re having some problems with naming and hey, are there even writers who have no trouble naming their characters, am I right?
Focus writer is basically a free version of Ommwriter.
It doesn’t have the soothing music or the typing sounds, but it does have the distraction-free interface backgrounds, which you can even customize.
The only problem with Focus Writer in my experience is the fact that it crashes sometimes when you’re trying to load your file.
Nonetheless, if you don’t want to spend money to buy Ommwriter, you should try Focus Writer to get a similar experience!
WriteTrack is a great and free website that allows you to keep a kind of diary of your writing progress.
You start by adding your goal, for example, 50k words in three months.
WriteTrack then gives you the number of words you have to write per day to achieve your goal. You can change the way the website works by adding writing-free days and other similar days when you’re not writing.
After the setup, you just type in the number of words you’ve written each day and as you write on, WriteTrack gives you an estimate of how long it will take you to reach your goal.
This is a great site to use if you’re having trouble meeting deadlines or if you’re feeling unmotivated to write because you don’t see your progress!
(Free | Premiun Starting From 11,66€ Per Month)
Grammarly is a gramma checking tool which helps you eliminate typoes you might have missed or even improve your word choice and structure.
The free version covers the basic typos and suggest word choice, which can help making your text more colourful. I’ve found this version to be more than plenty.
The Premiun allows you to go a bit deeper, focusing more on the structure of your sentences and even define a certain style you’re going for.
I highly suggest you to sign up for the free version and start checking your writing with Grammarly before publishing it. You’ll thank me later.
Hepful article about Grammarly: How Using Grammarly Can Improve Your Writing And Editing.
These programs can help you on your journey and make your writing both better and more enjoyable for you!
Hopefully, you found this article helpful and found your new favourite writing tool.
Is there a tool you know about but didn’t see in this list? Be sure to share your knowledge with fellow writers in the comments below!