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Writers' Software

The links on this page will take you to third-party Web sites where you can download programs, demos, and trial versions of software that is useful to writers. Writing.org accepts no responsibility for the reliability or safety of third-party files.

Guy Gallo's BookWright is an add-in template for Microsoft Word 97 or 2000 that simplifies formatting and organization of book-length manuscripts. It includes a "structure report" that gives chapter lengths, word counts in a session, etc. (I used BookWright to write
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Comedy Writer for Windows (demo
Not a joke list, but a "fill in the blanks" approach to comedy writing. From The Writers' Computer Store.

Movie Magic Screenwriter
If you're looking for a self-contained screenwriting program (as opposed to an extension of your word processor), look no further than the current version of this Screenplay Systems product that many working screenwriters and production companies use. Or, if you're on a budget and are writing "spec screenplays" for submission, try the same firm's
Hollywood Screenwriter (a streamlined, stripped-down version of Movie Magic).

Guy Gallo, an award-winning screenwriter and screenwriting instructor at Columbia University, created this superb screenplay formatter for Microsoft Word. The demo includes a free script template.

Story Builder for Windows (demo)
A story-development program for screenwriters and novelists. From The Writers' Computer Store.

Writer's Blocks (30-day trial)
If you've ever used index cards to juggle chapters scenes, you'll want to try the drag-and-drop "blocks" in this plot organizer.

WinZip (shareware)
A popular tool for extracting files from .ZIP archives or compressing data for emailing.

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