This is one of the reasons why I NaNo is growing on me. I learn about sites, tools and software I never knew even existed. I’ve always used MSWord for my writing needs. Never searched for anything else. While rummaging through the NaNo forums, I came across a few threads concerning word processors.
Here are few you can check out:
Q10 – this is a very simple word processor. It comes with the basics: auto saving, word count stats, portable, and even a timer alarm. Great for Nano as it eliminates distractions. FREE
yWriter 4 -a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes. FREE
Liquid Story Binder – a portable word processor which features timelines, storyboards, position memory, color schemes and so on. FREE 30 day trial. Purchase price – $45.95
TextRoom – similar to Q10. A word processor for Linux users. It contains the ability to change fonts, configurable background and text colors, vary the size of the editor window so that it fits your screen, set goals, and the ability to automatically save your work. FREE
TreeDBNotes – easy-to-use personal database program which stores your information in a comfortable and clear tree-structured form. FREE
There are many more like these. The Giveaway of the Day site offers free software downloads which normally you would have to pay for. Some word processors come up in rotation if you want to keep an eye out for them.