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Is there a need for better software for writers?

IDE-like tools exist for writers. Scrivener is a powerful general-purpose tool (also with questions here). Madcap Flare, aimed at technical writers, has good support for updating links, defining "...
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Is there an online tool which supports shared writing?

This sounds like Google Docs, perhaps combined with Trello (for the Kanban board and calendar view), would do for you. It's got live updating -- I don't think it tracks edits by author exactly, so ...
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When blogging recipes, how can I support both readers who want the narrative/journey and ones who want the printer-friendly recipe?

CSS supports media queries since Level 2, Revision 1. That's from way back in 2011, so any modern web browser should support it. If you're able to specify custom CSS, and apply custom CSS classes to ...
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Editing tools on the go

Typing on a laptop on your lap on a bus is always going to be difficult no matter what you buy. But maybe you don’t need a laptop: I find it really helps if I edit my work in a completely different ...
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How best to recover from catastrophic text loss?

Forget your story for a moment and revel in how this loss makes you feel. A loss of treasured words is a pain which every writer eventually encounters. It is agony, but it is also an opportunity. ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

I'll borrow an idea Memor-X pointed out to me in my question Are there tools that can aid an author in writing a branching storyline?: yEd It's a free tool that allows you to create flowcharts. I'm ...
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When blogging recipes, how can I support both readers who want the narrative/journey and ones who want the printer-friendly recipe?

TL;DR: Put the important stuff atop. This isn't the technical solution you were looking for, but it's another way to give both types of readers what they want. Readers who want the full story will ...
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Are there tools that can aid an author in writing a branching storyline?

While not a program I would suggest using a flowchart. A flowchart is a type of diagram that represents an algorithm, workflow or process, showing the steps as boxes of various kinds, and their ...
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Where can I find resources about writing "Choose your own adventure"-style books?

The blogger These Heterogenous Tasks has been writing his analysis on specific CYOA books, and general observations about their history, trends, and common structure. https://heterogenoustasks....
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Scansion tool for checking my meter

This might help with the identifying-meter educational part of it. For Better for Verse: It’s an interactive on-line tutorial that can train you to scan traditionally metered English poetry. Here you ...
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Is there a need for better software for writers?

Software developers don't ever work in text editors, I'll challenge your premise. I know plenty of highly successful software developers who do not use IDEs, but standard editors; sometimes even only ...
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Motivation - or how can I get myself to do the work I know I need to?

Procrastination is as much as part of this job as creativity. We all do it. Writing isn't easy most of the time, and most of the time, I'd rather be washing my husband's underpants than writing a ...
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Where can I find resources about writing "Choose your own adventure"-style books?

The original books always used the second person 'you'. (I still have one on my book shelf.) Other variations may use the first person. There are many variations on the theme. For example, some ...
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Is there a need for better software for writers?

I thought I might offer a perspective from the point of view of a writer who is a creator of novel writing software. When I first started out writing, like you, I thought that there was no good ...
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Is there an online tool which supports shared writing?

Only tool I can think of would be Google docs. You can have multiple people writing in a document at the same time and see where their cursor is, there is no color coding on who's typing by default. ...
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Labyrinth: old freeware to organise characters and plot

I used the link posted by Ryann Foxx earlier, decompiled the code, and ported it to modern Windows and Linux. Basically everything is the same except it used a collections library that can't work in ...
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How can you start writing multi-author collaborative book?

Outline the book so the work can be broken up and worked on in individual pieces. Use Google Docs with a shared folder (can be shared with specific Google users by user id) Those two things should ...
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Book translation from English to Portuguese

Translation is best done by humans. There is no software available to push a button and Make This Portuguese, and even if there is, word-for-word translation simply can't capture the nuance and ...
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Are there tools that can aid an author in writing a branching storyline?

I am using Ink by Inkle Studios. It's writer-oriented and open source. They have a free editor/compiler that exports an elegant web version, and they have a Unity plugin. The syntax feels more ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

You do not mention an operating system , so I will give you something cross-platform (and free). As @ChrisW pointed out "the diagram in the OP could be written as a tree of text". So, I am going to ...
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What editor can I use for world building that has a tree-like structure for my files?

Give Scrivener a try. It’s designed for long-form writing, such as novels, screenplays and dissertations. Each Scrivener file contains multiple documents: the stuff you write and other files you ...
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Editing tools on the go

For the hardware aspect of the question, you may try a tablet. So you'll get a wider surface to edit your text, without the need of a table. Mouse and keyboard will still missing, but at least, ...
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What software can I use to synchronize corrections and modifications over similar documents?

WinMerge can help you manually merge documents. It can compare two text documents, highlight similar lines and lines that are slightly different and it allows you to quickly choose which version to ...
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Storyboarding Approaches for the Non-Artistic

Yes, there's an app for that. Several, in fact. Use your favorite search engine with terms like "screenplay storyboard software" or "screenplay storyboard app". A search will also bring up online ...
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What is the most environmentally safe medium of modern storytelling?

Paper is a renewable resource. Trees are usually harvested from farms now that are constantly being replanted and cut at the best age. There are obviously some exceptions, but you aren't ever reading ...
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Concept map software that concentrates on ease of use?

Scapple I realize this is an old thread, but the Scapple software might be a good choice (though it is not a free software, if one is seeking that). It is clearly powerful and easy to use, based off ...
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