I see that a lot of people like Scrivener better than yWriter. I know Scrivener is better, but my dad refuses to buy it, and I don't have a credit card. So, what does make Scrivener better than yWriter5?
If you're on a Mac, you can't use yWriter. :) Beyond that, from the screenshots it looks like yWriter only allows you to break into chapters, while Scrivener lets you have files in folders with no restraints on organization, as deep as you like, plus photos and audio files.
Scrivener has many tools, like Word Count Goals, frequency analysis, a name generator, a compiler, and the ability to do snapshots of your work so you can roll back to a previous draft. It's simply a more expansive, powerful program.
If you just need to get underway (and you're on a compatible platform), start with yWriter and save your money until you can get Scrivener. You can write in Notepad if you need to; you don't have to have Word.
If you are looking for another writing software, Zoho Writer is a great option. It can hold a lot of words without getting too glitchy, and it's completely free! You can see word count, spelling/grammatical errors, leave comments, and share with others/collaborate. (P.S. I know this was asked four years ago, but if you are still active on this site, I hope this is helpful!)