If you are a budding author and want to start writing without making a huge investment on the software then probably your at the right place. Of course, Free and Open Source Apps like AbiWord, OpenOffice Writer etc can help you write any kind of documents whether story books or technical documents. However, the following list has some interesting application that is really focused for Writers. Have a look and comment if you agree? Alternatives for commercial FinalDraft, Storyist etc.
Kabikaboo is a recursive tree-based note pad, designed to help you plan a book or complex project. It helps you organize your topics in a hierarchical manner and keeps everything in order. It is very easy to change the order of the topics etc. Lets you have categories and sub-categories, bookmarks, tabbed notepad and much more. Kabikaboo is meant to help you plan a novel, but could be used for anything that would benefit from tree-based text organization. Kabikaboo is not meant to create a formatted document – you should use AbiWord/OpenOffice/LaTeX or some other editor for that purpose.
Storybook is a Open Source Novel Writing Software for Novelists, Authors and Creative Writers. It will help you to keep an overview of multiple plot-lines while writing books, novels or other written works. Storybook assists you in structuring your book Store all information about your characters and locations in one place. Storybook can manage chapters, scenes, characters and locations. A simple interface is provided to enable you to assign your defined characters and locations to each scene and to keep an overview of your work with user-friendly chart tools.
Celtx is the world’s first all-in-one media pre-production system. It replaces ‘paper & binder’ pre-production with a digital approach that’s more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share. You can use Celtx for the entire production process – write scripts, storyboard scenes and sequences, sketch setups, develop characters, breakdown & tag elements, schedule productions, and prepare and circulate informative reports for cast and crew.
LyX is a fully featured document processor. You can create structured documents, with LaTeX support, localization, Tables, Categories and much more.
Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.