The August issue of Romance Writers Report has an article about software for writers, and I read it with great interest. I've never used anything other than Word. Lori Devoti discusses 7 different programs; most are resonably priced.
The first is Excel, which most people already have. I have to admit that the only thing I know how to do in Excel is open a document. I am not a numbers person, and it makes me think of numbers way too much. Intimidated? Um, yes.
The two programs Lori writes about that appeal most to me are Scrivener and Writer's Cafe. I am so old school -- highlighters and index cards, anyone? -- and the idea of being able to do this on my laptop is exciting.
Lori also examines Snowflake Pro, Writers Blocks, Writeway Pro, and Liquid Story Binder. All have interesting features.
I am tempted to buy one. Have you used any of these or any other writing software program? I'd love to know what you think!