Choosing Your Software

When it comes to writing, it is important to choose the software that is right for you.

There are a number of choices, depending on what you want to do as you write. Some people just want a blank page where they can write, while others prefer to use software where they can store a variety of information.


If you just want to write, using software such as Notepad on the PC, or something similar on the Mac, is going to be the best way to do this.

Using Notepad means there is nothing to distract you, you just write your book. However, it will not give you details such as the number of words you have written, and it can help to have this information as you write, so that you know how well you are doing.

Microsoft Word

If you want a little more info on how well you are doing, you can use Microsoft Word, or the two free alternatives Open Office or Libre, both of which are just as good as Word.

Using these, you can get a variety of information, such as the number of words you’ve written, save to PDF, etc, but you could find that this gets in the way of your writing.


This is the software that many authors use, including me. It enables you to write, but it has a host of other tools that you can use which you may find speed up the process, including details on all of your characters & locations, a digital postit note section, so you can work on your plot and much more.

The good news, is that we have spoken to them as Bridgwater Magazine, and have managed to get you a 20% discount, just use the coupon code BRIDGWATER. If you want to test it out first, there is a 30 day trial – a real 30 day trial. If you only use it once a week, it will last 30 weeks, once a day it will last you 30 days.

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