Today, we’re doing something a little different. The day before I started NaNoWriMo in 2015, I decided to try out a new software called ywriter5. It’s free to download and it just goes right on your computer. Today, I’ll be showing you a little more about ywriter5 so that you know before you download.
I love using this program because it gives a little more formatting than normal writing documents. The great thing about this is that the creator (Simon Hayes) made ywriter specifically for the writer. There are so many features like adding deadlines, creating chapters and scenes, adding pictures, making word-count goals, and so much more.
This is not sponsored at all, I just really enjoy it and I thought I’d share it with my fellow writers. If you do download it, I encourage you to take some time and explore the features. Of course, you don’t have to use all of them (I barely use any of them) but it’s always good to know way s in which you can use it.
Let’s get something straight, though. This is for PC users. I think it’s kind of like Scrivener for Mac users, but I’ve never owned a Mac so I don’t know. If you decide that you want to try it out, click the link right here or type in www. spacejock.com.ywriter5.html and it should take you to this page:
Here, you can click around and try to download it (there’s a way to somewhere, but it’s been a while since I did it and I can’t remember.)
After you download it, here is what you do:
- Create a new project. If it doesn’t show up immediately on your screen, go to the top left, press project, and go down create project. You’ll see this screen and you just fill out all of the information it tells you to.
- Once you’ve filled all of that out, go to the menu at the top and press chapter. Here, you can add one chapter, multiple chapters, and even edit them. Once you have the chapter, you can double click it to name it and add a summary of the chapter.
- Then, you can add your scenes:
- And then you add your characters! You can make as many as you want, add bios for each of them and if you’d like, you can add a picture.
- Next, you can edit your scenes. Give it a title, change the point of view, add a summary. This is also where you write the actual story. You can change the font, the color, add italics and everything else you would normally do in a Word document and such. Also, don’t forget to press the save button at the bottom every once in a while.
- Then, there should be a second menu at the top that says content, details, characters, locations, items, notes, picture, goals, and exporting. By clicking details, you’ll get something that looks like this. You can change if it’s action or reaction, the time and date, the rating (which is really good for knowing what you need to change later on), and the status.
- If you click on characters, you’ll see this screen. Here, you can add more characters if you didn’t on the main screen and you can add who all is in the scene. It also shows a brief overview of the bio you wrote for the character.
- Or you can click location and it will pull up this screen. You can add any kind of location you want- specific or broad, you’re choice. You can also add a picture here which is really handy sometimes.
- The next option I’ll show you is goals. It’s pretty self-explanatory if you see the picture below:
- Then, if you press ‘Save and Exit’ then it will save it and…exit it…and you’ll see yourself at the main screen again. If you want to see your detail like characters, summary, goals, and locations, you can always click at the bottom (shown in picture) and you can see them without having to open the whole scene.
- If you press ‘tools’ at the top of the menu, you’ll see this drop-down. I LOVE this feature because you can see your storyboard, a word count chart and you can even see your word count target overall and for the day.
- Which takes us to our next point. If you go to the project menu and click project settings, it’ll take you to this screen (in the second picture). Once here, you can change the project title and author name as well as add deadlines (which is a really cool feature) and some other setting that we won’t get into.
- After you do everything, don’t forget to save your overall project and or export it to something in case anything happens and you lose your work you just did.
I really hope you all enjoyed this and if you did, you should go download ywriter5 and leave a comment down below if you like using it! I’ll see you all later with another post. Until, then, keep writing, loves.