Writing a book is hard. I’ve written fifteen books and at some point during each one I had the thought, “There has to be a tool, a piece of book writing software, that would make it easier to reach my writing goals.”
Bad news/good news: writing a book will always be hard, and the best piece of writing software in the world won’t write your book for you. Some may even require a steep learning curve. Others are easier.
The good news is there is book writing software that can make the writing process and meeting your daily goals easier!
In this article, we will cover the ten best pieces of software for writing a book and look at the pros and cons of each.
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Best Writing Software: Contents
- Google Docs
- Google Sheets OR Microsoft Excel
- Publisher Rocket
- Evernote OR Ulysses
- Microsoft Word
- Hemingway App
- Bonus: Google Drive OR Dropbox
Worst Pieces of Software for Writing a Book
Before we discuss writing software that will help you write a beautiful book, it’s important to understand (and eliminate) what will hurt your writing progress.
At least while you’re writing a book:
- Video Games. Especially World of Warcraft (always, always, always!) but also Solitaire, Sudoku, Angry Birds, and, for me right now, Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes.
- Facebook, TikTok, and Other Social Media Software. Do I really need to say more? Fortunately there’s a piece of book writing software for avoiding this very distracting software (see Freedom below). You can’t write a book if you spend you writing time publishing social media posts.
- Other Productive Software Not Directly Associated With Your Writing. Yes, it’s good to reconcile your bank account on Quickbooks or make sure you’re up to date on your calendar app, but responsible, well-meaning work can easily be an excuse for a quick distraction that turns into a major distraction from writing your book.
Set aside time for your writing every day and then stay focused.
If you need a game, make writing your daily word count your game.
If you want more “likes” on social media, imagine how great getting five-star reviews on your book will be.
If you need to check your bank balance several times a day, think about what your bank balance will be when you stop checking it constantly, finish your book, and become a successful author.
By Joe Bunting
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