What’s the best novel-writing app

What’s the best novel-writing app? In this month’s Alliance of Independent Authors Member Q&A, Michael La Ronn and I are celebrating National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo), by focussing on writing questions.

Among them …

  • What’s the best app to write my novel?
  • How do I conquer writer’s block?
  • Help! I’m stuck in the murky middle of my novel!
  • Where do I find beta readers?
  • What are the best tips for editing my novel?

Also ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway joins Multimedia Manager Howard Lovy in an update on the latest news from the indie author-publishing world. They discuss the upcoming Futurebook conference. Also, why hasn’t Amazon opened a new Kindle store in five years?

Here are some snippets from the podcast:

Michael La Ronn: So our first question, Orna, is “What’s the best app to write my novel?”

Orna Ross: Okay, so different people will give different answers to this. I’m going to say what has worked really well for me and what I’ve seen working extremely well for many of our members. And that is Scrivener app and I started using Scrivener years ago. I don’t know when they started but I started using it in 2012. And it was fantastic because it was before we had Vellum and other formatting tools that have come along in the meantime. What was wonderful about Scrivener and still is, not a was at all, I still use it for my writing part, especially if it’s a complex book.

Michael La Ronn: I’m a Scrivener guy too. You know, I like to affectionately refer to Scrivener as the caviar of writing software, it just has everything that you would need and almost too much, but that’s perfect for the price. So you said everything that I was going to say. The only thing I was going to add is you added Microsoft Word into the equation. Microsoft Word. It’s like driving a car, right? You can drive, like, a 1985 Lincoln Town Car, or you can drive a Cadillac Escalade. Scrivener is like the Cadillac Escalade. Right?

Listen to the latest #AskALLi podcast episode here: What’s the Best Novel-Writing App?


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