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Writer's Blocks 3

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Writing anything complex (a book, research paper, newspaper or magazine article, technical writing, script, etc.) can be a daunting prospect. Wouldn`t it be great to have a tool that broke your writing task down into manageable pieces? What if this software … see full wiki

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A unique outliner and writing aid

  • Mar 8, 2009
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I've grown with Writer's Block through at least two, if not three, generations. It's a novel product translating familiar index cards - the friend of so many writers - to the computer screen.

Version 3 smooths out some interface issues, adds features and is more stable.

Still, the learning curve is a little steep and I have never felt entirely at home and comfortable using the application. Also, there are some peculiarities that I really don't know whether to classify as bugs or instability or just things I don't understand.

In use, Writer's Blocks 3 can be extremely helpful when you are trying to piece together something made of many elements, such as a technical manual or, I imagine, a screenplay. (Writer's Blocks was created to assist screenwriters.)

You commit individual notes to individual cards, just as you would with real index cards. You can rearrange the cards in a flash by dragging, which is incredibly handy for complex chapters. You can also color code the cards.

There is a full-featured text editor, complete with formatting features.

You can have up to 100 columns of notes and they can be substantially long. The Writer's Blocks folks don't really supply hard specifications, at least none that I have been able to find.

You can view all your cards in traditional outline form or export them if you wish.

Overall, it is a handy, if not perfect, tool for almost any writer. The application hasn't been updated for a couple of years. Not even a maintenance release. So that may bode ill. But it works and when I need something like Writer's Blocks, it is worth its weight in gold.

Jerry

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