Many best-selling authors have abandoned Word in favor of Scrivener, an app that provides a clean writing interface and useful reference tools. Right now, you can pick up a copy (Mac/PC) at 56 percent off the MRSP.
Unlike a regular word processor, Scrivener is set up for long-form writing. It has a distraction-free fullscreen mode for composing prose, and a ‘Snapshots’ feature allows you to restore and rewrite previous versions of your work.
You can also load documents into floating windows above the text for quick reference, and there is a searchable database for storing notes. Scriptwriting mode provides custom formatting, along with the option to export to other apps, such as Final Draft.
Away from the text, Scrivener still has much to offer. Creative writers can keep track of plots with the Storyboard feature, and authors can map their thoughts with the built-in outliner.
You can currently grab Scrivener for $19.50 via TNW Deals — you just need to choose whether you want the Mac or PC version on the deal page.