Tuesday, November 08, 2005


A couple of folks have e-mailed to ask where the other free stuff for writers lists I've done are -- you can find them here, here, and here.

Also, some extra freebies I had bookmarked:

Our pal Simon Haynes offers a bunch of freeware over at his Space Jock Software site.

For disabled folks who can't type but who can still use a mouse, reclaim your qwerty via the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard.

TreePad has a freeware Lite version, along with an e-book creator for TreePad files (I'm not sure if this will help anyone or not, being the total compu-idiot that I am, but it certainly looks interesting.)

Other freeware out there that may be of interest to writers: The Literary Machine, Title Scroller, and Writer's Block.

Regarding the comments I made over on Jordan's blog about using voice recognition software, I plan to do a long detailed post on what it's like to work with the Dragon and other alternatives out there as soon as I nail this last deadline.


  1. Thanks for the link.
    I've been considering speech to text software for a while, but my previous attempts ended with lots of "If you kids don't clean up right NOW I'm going to..." right through my paragraphs of carefully honed prose. Plus I feel like a dill talking to my computer - it's hard enough writing a first draft, let alone speaking it out loud.
    I bought a little dictation machine to use in the car, with the idea of transcribing it later. I gave up after a week - I had no idea I swore at slow drivers so much.

  2. Anonymous4:21 AM

    Many thanks for your help, PBW.
    I look forward to your tips for using Dragon.


  3. I'd like to mention that RoughDraft, from your second list of links above, is an excellent word processor for writers. I write everything in it now. It's lean and has everything most people would want, and little that they don't.

  4. And I would like to recommend Simon's (the other Simon's) yWriter novel-writing program. It's simple and profound, but costs nothing.

  5. I gave DragonSpeak a whirl once when I was having horrible tendonitis. I didn't use it long enough to train it simply because I didn't have time. But it SO did not like my Texas accent! It would never understand the word "shrimp" no matter how many times I said it!

    I'll get back to it again one day because I feel my infirmities will require it! I used to dictate almost all of my books when driving back and forth to work, and have been known just to take off for a drive and do the same thing when I'm stuck. So I don't have the problem talking, obviously just making myself understood!

  6. Ooh, you're going to kill my NaNoWriMo time with that Frontisery web site. I just discovered (a) I'm an ergasiomaniac, and (b) that's not nearly as much fun as it sounds.


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