Writing a book is no cakewalk. I ought to know—I’ve done it nearly 200 times.

But plenty of quality tools now exist to help make this challenging process easier.

The right book writing software can help you:

  • Organize your writing
  • Gain self-confidence
  • Write more crisply

Software writing programs you may want to check out:

(Full disclosure: If you buy any of these, I get a small commission at no cost to you. But these tools have helped enough writers to where I would recommend them even if I didn’t get a dime!)

5 Book Writing Software Programs That Can Make Your Life Easier

1. Scrivener

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Scrivener is the ultimate book-organization tool.

It allows you to view your notes, research, outline, and writing all in one place, and you can print your whole manuscript with the click of your mouse.

There’s a bit of a learning curve, but Scrivener comes with tutorials, and many other such aids are easily found online.

It may look overwhelming at first (I’m still learning it myself), but it’s worth the time and effort.

Just give yourself time to get familiar with the basics.

Pros:

  • Virtual corkboard feature for note cards organization
  • Drag & drop outliner
  • Works with Windows, Mac, iPad, and iPhone
  • Easily applicable within Microsoft Word and many other programs

Cons:

  • Steep learning curve*

*I benefited from great teaching programs like Learn Scrivener Fast, plus Scrivener itself comes with a built-in tutorial.

Price: $45 for Mac and $40 for PC

Click here to buy Scrivener for Mac, and here for PC.

2. Google Docs

Google Docs is a great collaborative tool. My team and I are literally a thousand miles from each other, and we use this program virtually every day.

It’s a free, standard word processor that allows multiple people to work on the same document simultaneously. I’m working on this document in Google Docs right now.

Just as with Track Changes in Word, an agent or editor or accountability partner can help fine-tune your work-in-progress in Suggestion Mode. You accept or reject the suggestions, and you can both comment in the margin.

Other advantages:

  • Easily share your work-in-progress via email or a link
  • Access from any device
  • Free

Cons:

  • Performance slows when tracking changes on documents of 80 or more pages
  • Unable to toggle between Tracked Changes and Final Version without accepting all the changes

Price: Free

Click here to start using Google Docs.

3. Freedom

Freedom allows you to temporarily block apps, websites, and social media across all your devices so you can focus on writing (don’t worry, people can still reach you in an emergency).

You can even schedule the app to work automatically when you need it most — when you’re writing.

If you’re like me, you’ll be glad for the freedom from  online distractions where “just a few seconds” turns into hours of unproductive net surfing. Freedom can help you focus and increase your productivity.

And it works on all devices.

Cost: $6.99 per month, $29 per year, or a $129 lifetime fee.

Want to block distractions while you write?

Click here to get Freedom.

4. ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid offers grammar, style, and writing suggestions as you write—for you to accept — or reject — at the click of a button.

It integrates with the apps and programs you use most, like:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Word
  • Scrivener

Other pros:

  • Detailed explanations
  • Built-in Thesaurus
  • Context-focused grammar checker
  • Free version

Con:

  • You need a premium account to access its best features

Price: $50 for 1 year, $75 for 2 years, $100 for 3 years, or $175 for life

I recommend trying the free version first.

Click here to get more info on ProWritingAid.

5. Grammarly

Similar to ProWritingAid, Grammarly can help fine-tune your writing.

It automatically checks spelling and grammar, whether you’re writing a book or an email.

The premium version also:

  • Checks sentence structure
  • Monitors word choice
  • Guards against plagiarism
  • Examines style
  • And much more

Other pros:

  • Free version
  • Google Chrome plugin for easy use on the web

Cons:

  • No Scrivener integration
  • Doesn’t work on mobile devices
  • You need a premium account to access its best features

Cost: $29.95 per month, $59,95 per quarter, or $139.95 per year.

Try the free version first.

Click here to get Grammarly.

Stay On Pace with Technology

Try these software programs and see if they help improve your writing.

My team and I will add to this list as we discover new products.

What are your favorite book writing software programs? Tell me in the comments.

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