As mentioned in an earlier post (28/05/14), for my second novel I am writing without planning, ‘seat of the pants’ style.
Up to now, 12,500 words in, it is working for me. I plan to continue this way for the rest of the book.
I may use writing software in the future, if I do I will use the same software as for my first novel, ywiter5 by spacejock. The software is free, easy to install and easy to use with great back up/information resources. After looking in detail at paid for software it is an excellent alternative, full of functions and abilities I didn’t even need. Highly recommended.
My initial planning was started using FreeMind mind mapping software , again, available for free.
The combination of the two is a powerful tool for idea/plot/character development and organisation of your writing.