I have taken a good long look at novel writing software yet again as I start work on developing my characters. Ideally I would something that is flexible, easy to use but also gives me some prompts to fill in.
After taking a look at about a dozen or so programmes I have come to the conclusion that the best approach is simply using Word. I have a character dossier that I have taken from Nancy Kress’s Dynamic Characters
, see my previous post. This is still by far the best list and it’s easy to fill.
Does writing software really help? A lot of it seems to be designed as a way of prompting people who don’t really know how to get started, or as a way of really turning the whole planning process into a work of art. At the end of the day maybe Windows and MS Office or their equivalents are plenty good enough.
I recently referenced Nancy Kress’s book on creating characters, so I thought I’d give her new novel, Dogs, some publicity too! The publishers, Tachyon Publications, are running a competition for readers to send in pictures of their dogs.
The novel is due to be released on 1st July. Not sure if this is just a US publication date though?