Authors often have special needs (the Significant Others of authors are nodding their heads as they read this), and several programs focus on making it easier to write fiction. Scrivener is famous in the Macintosh world, and has a free open beta for its Windows version. Scrivener uses a “corkboard” metaphor, showing your notes and ideas as pinned to the board, and allows you to stamp “Final” or “Rough Draft” or the like on top of them. It integrates the corkboard, an outliner, and a text editor, and includes the ability to view disparate snippets of text as a continuous document.
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