Section 53. Creative Writing

53. Creative Writing

Writers: Microsoft Word is not your only option.

Since switching, I love Nisus Writer Express (, $69.00). Its full-screen mode squashes distractions, letting me concentrate on my writing. Text styles, a real-time thesaurus, and other tools reside in a convenient drawer that pops out on demanda feature that makes Word's nested menus, drop-down lists, and floating palettes seem crude by comparison (see Figure 19).

Figure 19. Nisus Writer Express provides a distraction-free full-screen mode and a conveniently organized collection of writing tools.

MacJournal (, $39.95) provides a secure, encrypted space for private thoughts, and Montage (also from Mariner, $139.95) is the only screenwriting software designed exclusively for Mac OS X.

Finally, Jer's Novel Writer (, free) stores a novel outline, a character and setting database, and random notes in a quick-access drawerbut the marginal notes (for capturing reminders and insights and linking them directly to related text) are my favorite innovation.

101 Reasons To Switch to the Mac
101 Reasons to Switch to the Mac
Year: 2007
Pages: 107
Authors: Mark McElroy
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