Ars Lexis Software – Expandable and adaptable dictionary and thesaurus designed for use on Palm-platform handheld devices. While comprehensive (the base dictionary has 122,000 words defined) the programs are memory-efficient.
Ashleywilde Publishers – Plots Unlimited, software program that helps fiction writers generate solidly constructed story plots and outlines.
Autobiography Software Program – Oral histories, life stories, family histories written and preserved using a word processor. Creates a family heirloom document.
Avenir – Create outlines, tracks characters, allows editing, revision and annotation of sections of text, and tracks submissions. [Mac OS X]
Biography Software Corporation – The personal author system combines biography and genealogy research tools along with biography writing and publishing tools.
Clip Words – Search, edit, combine, or cut and paste entries and move them into any Windows or Mac software application. From Epigraphics.
Copyscape – Defend your rights online, fight against online plagiarism and content theft. Copyscape finds sites that have copied your content without permission, as well as those that have quoted you.
Devonsoft – Story Bones – assists in constructing a story. Provides a framework for developing the plot, builds character profiles, scene details and reporting. [Windows]
EaZy Paper – Formats your new and existing papers in the Turabian and Chicago Manual of Style formats.
Editor Software – StyleWriter, the plain English editor. The Electronic Writing Course and an Electronic House Style. Information and advice on writing in plain language plus a free trial of StyleWriter software.
eMediaAdmin – Software for publishing online magazines and newspapers. Creates article webpages, table of contents and chronological archive webpages using customizable templates.
123Ezine – Newsletter software. Create a newsletter template, any newsletter design or format, text or web. Creates and manages back issues and automates uploading to your site.
FictionFixer – Service involving software analysis which tracks 250 characteristics of bestselling novels to define a model of what readers desire. Corresponding aspects of one’s manuscript are matched to this paradigm or to a specific work.
GRiM Software’s Musings – A tip-of-the-day style program that presents the user with inspirational quotes about writing, as well as creative writing exercises to awaken the muse within. Can be downloaded from this site.
Hi-Note – Outline and brainstorm on the go. Create notes and subnotes, similar to topics and sub-topics used in other programs, on your Palm Pilot. Easily incorporates graphics as well as text.
IdeaMason – Software that assists in all the creative and technical aspects of writing, including idea and source management, bibliographical citations in MLA and Chicago, composition organization, and research administration.
Intellectus Enterprises – Idea Tracker, for customizing, organizing, sorting, filtering ideas, thoughts and notes. Free trial available. [Windows only]
LeftMargin Pro – Designed to allow a person to write a novel – from concept to publication – within a single application.
Liquid Story Binder – Designed for professional and aspiring authors, poets, and screenwriters. Features include: spellchecking, thesaurus, document indexing, checklists, image gallery, notes, multiple backups.
Manuscript Studio – Technology for writers publishing their own work or presenting a finished manuscript to publishers, periodicals and agents.
ScholarWord – An MS Word integration which facilitates writing in MLA, APA, CBE or Chicago styles, rapidly citing sources, and accurate editing. Download free trial for Mac or PC.
Self-Publishers Affordable System – Explains the home based publishing system which allows everyone to produce their own professional book inexpensively and in any number they want. Sample books on display.
Spacejock Software – Free software designed to help authors put together the snippets, outlines, fragments and chapters that go into a finished novel. Same site has a freeware submission tracker too.
Story Wizard – Writing software feeds the imaginative mind with ideas for plot lines, characters and places.
Willow Tea – For and about writers, with book recommendations, software, and suggestions to improve writing. Submissions are accepted, upon approval, for inclusion and representation of good writing.
WordCounter – Ranks the most frequently used words in any given body of text. Use it to find keywords, or just to see what words you overuse. Free to use online, not a download.
WordDog Plain English Editor – Searches Word documents for wordy phrases, redundancies, ambiguous words, outworn expressions, formal language, cliches, and suggests crisp, clear plain language alternatives that everyone can understand.
WordWeb Pro – Thesaurus and dictionary for Windows with word and anagram finder.
WordWeb Pro – Find words and make anagrams with this powerful thesaurus/ dictionary software.
The Working Writer – Software that tracks the business of freelance writing from query letter to paycheck.
WriteItNow – Write and store complete novels. Keeps track of characters, events, locations, and ideas. Provides timeline charts, spell checker and manuscript submission tracker. PC and Macintosh computers.
Writely – Free web word processor which lets you share and collaborate your work online.
The WritePro Corporation – Free professional advice and resources for writers, fiction and nonfiction. Free creative writing tutorial software.
Writer’s Blocks – Screenplay outlining program that duplicates the popular index card system on your PC. From Ashley Software.
The Writers Store – For screenwriting software, creative writing, TV movie script and screenplay production software.
WriterScreen Software – A writer-friendly program that retain all your story writing in one place. Keeping your thoughts free and organized as you develop your story.
WriteThis – Small freeware tool for writers. Generates writing exercises, based on a set of keywords and criteria.
Writing Help Tools – Reviews of writing tools on the Net for letter writing, resume writing, business writing, and general writing.
Xerotron – Software to aid in generating new ideas. Ideal for inventors, teachers, writers, students or anyone with an active, creative mind searching for new ideas. Built-in dictionary-thesaurus.
Zentalis – Makers of Pot Boiler, software to assist authors in planning and writing novels. Windows, Mac or Linux.
Z-Write – A smart word processor that makes organizing text a breeze. Create sections in the lefthand frame, enter the text in the full-size page area on the right. Navigate through large documents by inserting named bookmarks via the utilities menu.