No, it’s not about how to write software; rather it’s about software for writers. (Updated 13 November 2020)
Microsoft Word: This is the Big Brother of word processing software, but it’s expensive. A good alternative is LibreOffice, which is a free program that can read and write in MS Word and MS Excel format. I use this one myself.
Open Live Writer: For many years, the best blogging tool for Windows was Windows Live Writer. Microsoft decided that it would no longer maintain the program, and at the same time, released the source code as Open Source. Here’s what the new developers say about Open Live Writer:
Open Live Writer is like Word for your blog. Open Live Writer is a powerful, lightweight blog editor that allows you to create blog posts, add photos and videos then publish to your website. You can also compose blog posts offline and then publish on your return. Open Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog, and many more.
Open Live Writer is an open-source application enabling users to author, edit, and publish blog posts. It is based on a fork of the well-loved but not actively developed Windows Live Writer code. Open Live Writer is provided under an MIT license.
You can download the latest version here.
For All Platforms:
Evernote: Capture a note once, and it’s instantly available on all your devices. Never worry about where you saved something because it’s in Evernote, and Evernote is wherever you are.
Whether it’s text, images, or documents, you keep things for a reason. That’s why Evernote makes sure the notes you’ve saved are easy to find. You can even search for handwritten words buried deep within your notes.
Scrivener: Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.
Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure—most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is over. Enter Scrivener: a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing, and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.
For Android, iPhone, and iPad:
WordPress: WordPress is from the same folks who gave us WordPress in the first place, which means you can count on it to handle all your WordPress posting chores.
For iPhone and iPad:
Paper by 53: A breakthrough simple way to take notes with touch. Swipe right to create checklists, and left to create titles. Put a little fun in getting stuff done. Draw on photos or quickly spotlight details. Designed from the ground up to save you from sending a bunch of increasingly impatient text messages. Create sharp diagrams, charts, and drawings with Paper’s world-class tools. Nobody has to know you’re not at your desk.
vJournal: The idea behind vJournal seems to be the fact that Evernote can be overkill when you just want to jot down a quick note. Instead, use vJournal to make a quick note. When you’re done (or at the end of the day), use it to sync with Evernote. The app creates a notebook for you in your Evernote called My Journal. When you send off your journal notes it will send it off to this folder. You can get it in the App Store.