Nimble Writer is a general-purpose tool for writing stories, be it short fiction stories or even complete novels or books. It focuses on being distraction-free, simple, and fully customizable.
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Release Date: Apr 21, 2015

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Nimble Writer is a general-purpose tool for writing stories, be it short fiction stories or even complete novels or books. It focuses on being distraction-free, simple, and fully customizable.


We built Nimble Writer with a couple principles in mind to make it stand out as a primary application for authors:

  • Writing without distractions or worrying about formatting.
  • Stay more organized with many useful organizational features.
  • Materials of reference (such as photos, drawings, scribbles of text, character information, and much more) are available at your fingertips.
  • Don't have any limitations to the default array of features. This means full customization, with a fully customizable and scriptable interface. Turn off features you don't need, change the entire look and feel of your writing environment, and much more.

If you are used to writing stories in applications such as Word or other regular office tools, you'll find that Nimble Writer will be able to help you organize bundles of stories and notes together much simpler and faster. In addition, Nimble Writer is able to import some of those old documents and convert them into the Nimble Writer format.

Advantages over traditional software

Traditional writing software such as Word, Open Office or Google Docs are made just for the purpose of writing, so they don't have anything that helps story writers manage their notes and reference material, and neither does it offer much customization. They don't have any kind of chapter management either. Nimble Writer has all of those things, making it a much more productive choice for story writing.

Steam's advantages

With Nimble Writer's presence on Steam we can use the power that Steam's platform brings us, such as Steam Cloud. This means that you will be able to save your stories and notes entirely on Steam's cloud servers, so that you can load up your stories on another computer as well, just as easy!

Don't forget about Steam Workshop! With the implementation of the Workshop, you'll be able to share interface themes and addons with the world, or just to customize the app with other people's addons! Share creativity!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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186 of 202 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2015
Nimble Writer isn't a perfect piece of writing software, nor does it have to be. Let's put this in perspective:

Ommwriter: $5.11
Nimble Writer: $9.99
Scrivener: $40.00
Microsoft Word: $6.99/mo or 139.99 for unlimited access to the whole Microsoft Office Suite

I'm not really sure what some Steam users were expecting. Nimble Writer has more features than Ommwriter, less than Scrivener, and Microsoft Word is overpriced garbage. Seems reasonable. If you're a professional writer, $40 for Scrivener is a pittance. However, most of us don't need and won't use a lot of Scrivener's features. Ommwriter is especially great for writers who are easily distracted, but it's bare bones. Nimble Writer is for writers in the middle or for people who just want cloud support. Don't let any jackass on Steam tell you that you need Scrivener to be a good writer. At the end of the day, the software is just supposed to make you want to write more. It's not flawless - I did have a (mostly) empty file get corrupted when I tried to save it - but if you don't like Ommwriter and don't want to spend that much for Scrivener, this is a very sensible alternative.
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117 of 132 people (89%) found this review helpful
161 people found this review funny
160.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
now i can deliver frequent content to my non-existant fanbase.
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81 of 85 people (95%) found this review helpful
73 people found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
Do you have assignments you can't seem to concentrate on and keep getting distracted by the internet?

If so, get Nimble Writer

If not, you're lying. Get Nimble Writer.
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79 of 88 people (90%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2015
I'm gonna go with a tentative upthumb on this.
There's potential here, but it needs further refinement.

The interface is simple and easy to use. Mostly intuitive. I was able to start writing stupid garbage in no time at all. Real work may take longer. ymmv.

The always on statistics in the bottom right is nice. It helps to know when you've been writing too damn long and should go eat something. Or use the restroom. Or let the dogs out to use the ... nevermind, they don't need to go anymore. I wish my games had that.

I have one observation and one complaint.
This comes with an encrypt your story option. The instructions direct you to reset your encryption key by deleting it. But, oh, by the way, make sure not to delete the key before you decrypt your story first. You did? Oh, well then, I need to you open Windows to the folder where your story is saved. Now lean forward to your monitor. Put your lips directly on the filename you saved your story under. I know you don't have a touchscreen; just trust me on this. Put your lips right on the filename. Now gently but firmly kiss it goodbye. You ain't never gonna see it again, Bubba.

Yeah, there could be a bit of refinement there. Maybe add the option to the program to reset the key (which the program would then do), but prohibit doing it while the story is encrypted. That might save some tears. Just a thought.

Once I save my notes on a character, there's no way (that I can find) to edit them again. They're saved and locked in for all time forever and ever. After all, characters never go through changes over the course of a story. Or series.

Most likely this is either an interface problem (in which the user can't find how to do it), or an oversight in the development of the program. This is, however, a significant issue. Notes can be edited after saving them, but not a character (which is a special kind of note).

Finally, it would be nice (and may be possible with the right addons) to create different kind of notes. What if I want my character to list a race, color, height, weight, etc (Skippy the 3'4" purple and pink polka dotted goblin boy of 12 months old). Or, I want to create a robot. Or my characters are planets. Yeah, pretty planets. With colors. And sparkles. Okay, I'll lay off the acid. But my point stands. Not all "Characters" are human.

A note type for organizations or groups would also be nice.

Anyway, my two cents (or $8.99 as the case may be).


Update 4/21/15: After a bit of back and forth (See the comments on this review for details), there is a workaround for the complaint since it was a formatting issue on my screen.

And I can create new note types easily with a text editor in the NoteModels folder quite easily, which addresses my other concerns.

So that makes it a very nice package.
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53 of 54 people (98%) found this review helpful
397.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
I bought Nimble Writer without any positive expectations. $10, after all, is an acceptable loss to me, and what greater way to spend it than to experiment with different softwares for writing?

That was more than a month ago. I'm still using it, and as of now, I'm just a day away from clocking in 100 hours on it (I write 1000 words a day, which should translate to about 2-3 hours a day). Basically, these are the reasons why I'm still sticking to it:

- The simple GUI and anti-distraction scheme does work, at least for me. You could minimize everything, and maximize them only when you need them. Most of the time, all I really need is the writing space. Awesome!

- Customisable workspace. I chose the most subdued theme possible. When I started out, I wasn't used to the font, which was the only thing I like about open office and microsoft office. Guess what? I get to tweak them to exactly that. Moreover, as I'm writing a novel that's meant to actually be published (it's for a talent-search competition), I matched the width of the writing space to that of an A5-paged novel. I actually feel like I'm writing a novel for once! And I didn't even have to go from page to page, hah!

I plan to create a military-themed workspace to match my novel :)

- The formatting for the text (italics, bold, etc) are headache-free. No more struggling to italicising!

- Autosaving and cloud saving. Works better than Open Office crashing and trashing hundreds of words.

- Oh, and by the way, Nimble Writer's stable and lag-free on even my work laptop, which boasts a cutting edge 4GB Ram, 1.5Gz motherboard and no graphics card. I can't say the same for Open Office and I don't even have Microsoft Office anymore because of their tyrannical pricing.

- The development team can actually be approached, and they're friendly. Just as importantly, they're actively improving Nimble Writer as the days go by! As far as I know, this thing is actually evolving alongside me and my novel, like it's alive (Don't kill it with fire!). My suggestions are actually taken and next thing I knew, it was there...

- The statistics are incredibly handy to evaluate your performance. Believe me, serious writers do this all the time, and Nimble Writer's system is the next step. I mean, Stephen King would not stop until he got in 2000 words a day, and some writers even more. (hint: There's a homage to King in Nimble Writer)

- The achievement systems, courtesy of Steam. It's actually something of a bonus motivation for me. Even though I'm self-motivated, as any writer should really, but I'd take what I can get.

Of course, there are downsides to Nimble Writer. Here's to hoping the Nimble Staff will look into them soon!

- The statistics system could be thrown off by undos and copy/pastes. There was this once I accidentally deleted a chapter but thankfully I could undo it. The problem is, it threw the statistics system way off, and subsequently, the achievement system. (This was way back, so I'm not sure if this is still a problem. Haven't made this mistake for a month now.)

- I can't reset the statistics. (Last time I tried was about 3 weeks ago)

- There's no undo/redo button. Yes, I can use the keyboard shortcuts, but how many of us knew those? Even if it's the minority, we should also cater to them. Even Open Office does that. Let's just say I didn't need to use the redo shortcut yet *shameface*

- Last time I tried to export to .doc extension, I had problems. The result didn't work and couldn't be opened. (This was a month ago though. I've been caught up in a literary whirlwind that I haven't bothered to try)

- That said, my main concern is only exporting and formatting.

EDIT: So far, exporting into PDF works extremely well. There's nothing more I could ask from it, except perhaps to add in more features such as page numbers, styling, stuff like that.
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215 of 302 people (71%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2015
Not impressed.

I am a rather frequent writer and I do write a lot (my novels average some 100,000 words). I've used OmmWriter for concentrating and Scrivener for just regular novel-writing, and this thing doesn't measure up to either.

Concentration-wise, OmmWriter trumps this thing. This interface is a general simplified version of your average word editor; OmmWriter takes up the entire screen, toolbars included, so that it offers minimal distraction when writing. Nimble outdoes the Ommwriter in text-editing UI by a far margin, but when it comes to just distraction-free writing environment, this isn't a very able editor.

Organisation-wise, I've found Scrivener to be well worth the price, which is 4 times the price of Nimble. Scrivener offers everything from dictionary to wikipedia to name generator, not to mention colour-coding documents, sticking them in hierarchial folders (no limit, I believe), highlighting, back-up, templates for settings and characters, exporting formats from manuscript with Courier font to .mobi (lets you add table of contents, cover, and everything else an ebook needs), adding images, adding pdfs, managing sources... plus it does all the things Nimble does, including word count, word target, full-screen, e.t.c. It even allows you to take snapshots so you can do massive re-write, then roll back to the original if you don't like it. The only benefit of Nimble, possibly, is cloud sync, but you can just save on dropbox for Scrivener and that'd solve the problem. I can't imagine why I'd want to encrypt it, so I can't really say much on it.

If this had... oh, I don't know, about 40 add-ons, it'd provide a competitor for Scrivener. As of now, there are seven, and two are for exporting to WordPress and, both of which Scrivener does without a hitch. So if I'm recommending a quick writer with minimal distractions, I'd recommend the OmmWriter and Sigil (for compiling to epub) at a super-hefty price of about 5 dollars. If someone's seriously considering writing a novel with notes, research, plotlines and character sheets, I'd advise them to dish out the $40 and buy Scrivener instead (or $35 at student discount, I believe).

I kind of wish this thing had a trial, instead of forcing people to pay the full price when they don't know the full functions, which aren't listed. I really, really want to return this.
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51 of 55 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2015
A friend asked me, "So how is this different from a word processor?". And I answered, "It's not".

The core function of Nimble Writer is the same as other word processors out there from Notepad to MS Word.

What sets it apart are the functions NW offers. Albeit simple, they prove extremely useful. I write for a trade magazine and usually have to alt-tab to a browser or to my notes for reference. The fact that I can store notes within Nimble Writer has proved extremely useful on my end.

There are other programs that have more features than Nimble Writer but as it is, I am very content with Nimble Writer. I feel writing with it is easier for me than before I had the program.

Of course there are some features I would like it to have but even at this early stage of the program, I am very very happy with it.
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61 of 73 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
**Steam hours not representative of actual use; I do most of my writing offline**
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway

NimbleWriter is the newest addition to the very small selection of applications I keep on my dedicated writing machine. That machine is an old franken-laptop with the hardware stripped down and streamlined for portability and endurance. The OS and software are equally as sparse to minimize processing delays and opportunities for distraction. My other writing apps are Apache, Notepad, Scrivener, and Ommwriter. I've used all of them extensively over the years but NimbleWriter has distinguished itself already as the most effective writing tool I have ever used. It has the ability to almost exactly meet my needs and desires as a writer, some of which I only discovered while in process with NW. I bought it during the summer and come November it was my primary tool for this year's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

But why all the fuss, you ask? Why not just open up Apache on my gaming rig and process some words the old-fashioned way?

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ― Ray Bradbury

"It is devotion to the gifts and talents you have been given, that provide temporary relief...It is a drive that has no end, and without focus it takes you nowhere. It is the deepest anger when someone you love hurts you, and the greatest love when they don't. It is beauty when it has purpose. It is agony when it doesn’t. It is called Attention Deficit Disorder.” ― Shannon L. Alder

If you've been following my reviews you probably know what comes next. That's correct we are going to explore some context so we can place NimbleWriter in relation to my experience and in relation to other writing apps and the writing process in general. Hopefully this will reveal some insight into NW's value as a product and as a tool.

I love writing. I love language in general, the binding and transmission of our experiences by way of an unending chain of symbolic interactions. Writing has been very important to me since I was a child, and I have worked very hard at it over the decades. But my imagination has always exceeded my abilities. If you didn't know before reading this I struggle under the woolen haze of Attention Deficit Disorder- Inattentive Type. To put it fondly (though people close to me discard that fondness pretty quickly), I am an incorrigible daydreaming. I am incessantly drifting. I'll play 5 different video games in two hours.

The history of my writing is a tale of almost finished novels accidentally recycled, collections of poems sorted and re-sorted but never formatted or delivered, charts and maps and diagrams that my friends or family took and stored somewhere safe when they saw that my attention had moved on.

Insights from experience inspired me to build my dedicated writing laptop. All I can do with it is write. Because I've learned that when I open Apache on my gaming rig, I'll start flipping to webpages, then games, then back, and I will spiral futilely until something else ensnares my curiosity and I walk away. When I open up my writing machine, my only choices are writing apps. And the portability and battery life make it possible for me to relocate anytime my perception starts to clutter.

To explain why NW is so effective for me I'll have to tell you a little about each app and then draw some comparisons between them and NW. I will attempt to describe things in a way that is clear and helpful even if you don't have experience with any of these other applications.

“I hate writing, I love having written.” ― Dorothy Parker

"Writing is the friend who doesn't return my phone calls; the itch I'm unable to scratch; a dinner invitation from a cannibal; elevator music for a narcoleptic. Writing is the hope of lifting all boats by ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ in the ocean. Writing isn't something that makes me happy like a good cup of coffee. It's just something I do because not writing, as I've found, is so much worse.” ― Quentin R. Bufogle

Apache is a wonderful open source alternative to MSOffice. As such, I find it primarily useful for creating office documents such as memos or announcements. I don't ever use it for my creative processes. Notepad is there so I can knuckle down and bang out some XML or lua, get something ready to export through an ethernet cable later on. I find once I have the overall structure and a draft it's much easier to test and revise; I spiral if I try to do it bit by bit with constant testing.

Scrivener was the first dedicated creative platform I got and I used it exclusively for a long time. It has many powerful tools and customization options. You can have numerous documents of different types under your project's directory tree, which is usually clearly displayed on the left side of the screen. I make a subfolder for the narrative, and then within that a unique document for each chapter. Another folder might be populated with Scrivener's unique note-card style documents, which can be viewed at once as a series of index cards or individually as word processing files. There are many others. And at any time Scrivener will connect and format your chosen files and export them to one file. All of these different features can be open at once and arranged around the workspace. The word processing window is very plain but the others have graphical flavor such as corkboard and shadow effects. I eventually discovered that I had the most success with Scrivener when I closed everything except the word processor and just wrote one long document. The virtual clutter of the other tools paralyzed my creativity.

Ommwriter was my second app and the opposite of Scrivener in almost every way. Ommwriter employs a full-screen dedicated word processor composed of soothing colors and soft but gratifying feedback sounds. And that's it. The developers set out to create a distraction-free writing environment, and they succeeded. But it just wasn't quite there for me. My taste in color environment is in constant flux and Ommwriter only has a handful of pastel-type themes that quickly bored me. I also discovered that I need some level of metadocumentation connected to an accessible from my writing platform or I lose my target completely.

If Ommwriter is trancendental meditation, then Scrivener is a Catholic rosary prayer. In this analogy NimbleWriter is Zazen technique: calm and focused, yet grounded and practical. NW hits the middle road between the other two and achieves what is for me an almost perfect balance between utility and clarity. Furthermore it's almost infinitelycutomizable and is supported by an active and devoted community. I cannot overstate how grateful I am to use this wonderful tool. And it's only 9.99USD.

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39 of 41 people (95%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2015
Thumbs up from me.


It just so happened that I needed to type up some legal paperwork today and tomorrow. I saw this, and thought it had to be less annoying than word and more functional than notepad.

And I was right.

I'm not a writer, but I do a lot of typing, and this product fills a niche for anyone that does lots of keyboard banging. It has a simple, and to me it's a functioning word processor, not a mix of page maker pro and wordpad (which is what MS word feels like), in other words, it does not try to be something it is not.

+fully customisable interface and features (you can add scripts)
+out of the box formatting - intuitive.
+easy to use and easy on the eye

If you need to type, you need Nimble Writer

OH, I must admit it has achievements, and I LOVE achievements.
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53 of 67 people (79%) found this review helpful
116 people found this review funny
341.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015
Worse Game Ever.
-Lacks story and requires you to make your own
-Terrible Graphics
-Bad Character Design no real character development
-Character Creation is lacking
-No multiplayer
1/10 would not play again

But is a good app though. :) 7/10 would use over alot of other writing applications.
the way the app is presented allows for an easy to use experience. It is not as refined as it could be but it does show promise. Ite better than alot of things i have used. it makes you not feel as overwhelmed as alot of programs.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: September 16
All 81 minutes I spent in this tool, every single second so far, has been me watching youtube and finding inspiration.

11/10 best software
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Destiny Knight
303.1 hrs
Posted: September 16
I've spent alot of time over the years writing, most of it nonsensical fanfiction but writing all the same. For a long time now i've had some major writers block, i'd open up Word and just stare at the screen and not write anything at all.

Since i've picked up Nimble Writer i've used it pretty much every day and have now written over 90000 words and i'm still going.

I think it's because of the customisation on the backgrounds, with Word you're looking at a white text box with a grey background and it just saps the energy as i'm writing. With Nimble Writer i've been messing around with the backgrounds almost every chatper that i write, switching it to something that fits the chapter to give inspiration as i work.
So i recommend this for anyone struggling to write because sometimes the bit of change that you can make to the program can be just enough to kickstart the creativity.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 31
I really, really wanted to like this software. Dealing with the bloated leviathan that is Word has been a chore, but at least it can properly handle formatting. Trying to import my Docx results in the Nimble herding all of my work's indentions, and spacing at gunpoint into a train cart to never be heard from again. Its a huge block of text when you do get it to squirt onto the screen. Please, fix the Word importer's formatting. I really want to be a happy customer.
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Robo Hobo
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
So many bugs it makes writing stressful instead of easier.
The bug that made me leave is the formatting.
If you center the text it only places the command <center> in front of it. The basic idea is for exporting. But what happens when you export? Nothing. It keeps your <center> in text.

What is worse, you can't see what it looks like before exporting so you have no idea this is going to happen until you test it out.
Basically everything new you try in the program means you have to export to see what really happens.
Then if you want to export to some other file system down the road, you may find it doesn't work the way you wanted.

So there is not much 'help' going on here. It's a shame too because the theme options and statistic data is great.
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35.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
While I did buy this as a writing program for myself in order to aid in organisation and keeping notes in reference to characters and such in the one place instead of all over; it is currently becoming a life safer for University.

A must buy for stress free (well less stress) writing.

While it could have better spelling and grammar aids, it is worth every cent.
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237.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
Nimble Writer is love.
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35.6 hrs
Posted: August 19
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1.5 hrs
Posted: July 4
I bought this software because I'm writing lots of things. Sometimes in English, and sometimes in Turkish language. I tried to use in English version of my writings and it exports English writings very well. But when I tried to export in Turkish and it looks very bad in "PDF" format. Turkish letters (like ü, ğ, ç, ö, ş, ı) are not looks good. Spaces between words looks distracting. Also ePub is not looks good. Turkish letters are looks distracting.

I checked Nimble Writer's settings section but the software is not supporting Turkish language. Maybe this is the reason of that Turkish users are not buying this software. Because I can't find any article written with Turkish language about Nimble Writer. I suggest that this software must support Turkish language.

Besides of Turkish language problem, the software is very good. I will use it for my English articles.

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11.4 hrs
Posted: June 29
Just do it! Buy this awesome Software! Just do it!
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22.7 hrs
Posted: June 25
Okay, so I went ahead and bought this after seeing some review of what it can and can't do.

I used to be great at writing stories in notebooks, but over the years as my typing skills soared, my penmanship fell and now I find it easier to type than to write. However when I open word and that blank white screen is staring at me blocking my mind, I find I can go no further.

This program is great for that small ability to add an image completely changes how I think. I am able to type quickly and creatively with this and find the interface amazing! I also find the dark background easier to adjust to instead of the black fonts on white background of word. Nimble writer uses off-white fonts on a black background and for me it works.

I have seen the limitations of the program, but as one very positive user of the software said. "I use it for my story, then copy and paste into word for formatting". I don't see why that is a problem, so I do the same and it works great.

This offers what it promises, a fun tool to help you write creative stories quickly and I recommend it.
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