In the 21st century, where the Mac reigns as the creative tool of choice for discriminating writers, just any old word processor won’t do. Microsoft Word? Puhleeze. Serious writers have a limited choice of serious tools.
Or, I Write, Therefore I Am?
When it comes to basic word processing, writer style, Bean is as lean and mean as a free writing machine can be. But you get what you pay for.
Bean requires you to organize yourself, whereas Storyist for Mac brings just the right balance of writing tools and features to an app that’s easier to master than the aforementioned Scrivener.
Storyist is made up of three basic writing components. The word processor is where you’ll devote most of your writing time. It handles headers, footers, style sheets, and a page layout view.
The Quick Styles give you quick screenplay and manuscript formatting tools. You can even add comments and bookmarks.
Where a word processor cannot help is in the Story Development Tools component of Storyist. Can you say, Corkboard? There’s also a collage view that gives you a quick visual look at relationships in your writing. And an outliner. And customizable setting, plot, and character sheets.
Take that, Microsoft Word.
Finally, the Coup_de_grâce for writer’s block. If you’re stuck, refocus and re-energize by using the Project Manager component for inspiration to get back on the track.
Combined, the word process, story development tools, and project manager give you a professional set of tools (at a professional price tag). Of all the more complex writing tools, Storyist may be the easiest to master. Projects are in the left hand Sidebar with easy access to Characters, Plot, Settings, Notes, and more.
Stickies and notes form the Corkboard Sidebar to the right. Writing is managed in the middle with quick access to research and inspiration. What is surprising is Storyist’s price tag, which is higher than the feature laden Scrivener, though there’s also an iPad version of Storyist.