“November 1st kicks of National Novel Writing Month—a
chance for budding authors to put pen to paper, or fingers to
keyboards, and bang out a 50,000 word (or more) novel in 30 days.
Sound like fun? Well, it can be. And unless you are really fast
with a pen, most of the budding authors use some sort of software
to write their novel. After all, at a minimum of 1,600 words a day,
that is a lot of ink and paper.
“But even if this is not your first NaNo, you might be
wondering, is there a better program out there for me. The answer
is probably yes, but…. Over the past year I have been looking at
some of the programs that are available for writing novels, and are
Open Source. I hope one of them will help you write your novel.
“To begin, the packages break down into two styles: general word
processors and dedicated story processors. The distinction is
significant and will either help or frustrate your efforts to
create a novel.”