I use four pieces of software for writing: Microsoft Word, Notepad (comes with Windows), Google Chrome (or Mozilla Firefox), and OpenOffice Writer (when I happen to not have MS Word installed, or in the rare event that MS Word fails). Nothing overly complicated; all fairly basic.
NaNoWriMo winners get great goodies at the end of the month, and one of those goodies is 50% off the writing software called Scrivener. I’ve heard raves about the program, how helpful it is… etc. So I downloaded the free trial to see what it was like.
Scrivener seemed like a useful program, but for me, figuring out how to use it and organizing my work within it wouldn’t help me… getting over the learning curve would take too long, when I could spend that time writing in good old Word. My systems for writing work for me, so why fix something that ain’t broken?
In the past, I’ve tried other writing software, but I’ve never found anything that revolutionized the way I write. Some people swear by certain organizational programs, and that’s just what works for them. I’m the type of person who’s reluctant to change or to break old habits/routines, so I doubt I’ll get into any writing software unless it’s really, really awesome and user-friendly.
Have you tried any writing software? Do you use it all the time or every so often?