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Google Docs: The Best Book Writing Software for Writers?

by | Mar 25, 2023 | The Writer's Tool Box, Videos For Writers

Are you a first-time non-fiction writer struggling to find the perfect book writing software to bring your book to life? In this video, I’ll be sharing the features that make Google Docs perfect for writers!


First and foremost, Google Docs is free! Yes, you heard that right. You don’t need to spend a single penny to use it. As a first-time writer, you’re probably on a tight budget, so using a free writing tool like Google Docs can save you a lot of money.


Google Docs offers a variety of formatting options to help you customize the appearance of your document, such as changing the font style, size, color, and line spacing. You can also add headings and subheadings to create a logical structure for your content.

And if all of that is too confusing and to make things even easier for first-time writers, I’ve created a manuscript and outline template that is compatible with Google Docs. This template will help you organize your thoughts and ideas before you start writing your book. You can find the link to the template in the description below.


You can also easily research and add links to your document without leaving Google Docs. You can also use the Explore feature to find information and images related to your topic right from the document.


Google Docs automatically saves your document as you type, so you don’t have to worry about losing your work if your computer crashes or you forget to save manually.


You can see the revision history of your document, which allows you to track changes, compare versions, and revert to previous versions if necessary.


If you prefer to dictate your writing instead of typing, Google Docs has a built-in voice typing feature that allows you to speak your text and have it transcribed in real-time.


Google Docs has a built-in word count tool that shows you how many words and characters are in your document. This is particularly helpful if you’re working on a project with a specific word count requirement.

The Benefits of Google Docs

Now that you know some of the key features of Google Docs, let me share with you some benefits of using it as your book-writing software:

  • It’s cloud-based, so you can access your documents from anywhere, anytime, and on any device.
  • You can easily collaborate with others in real-time, making it perfect for co-authoring or getting feedback from beta readers and editors.
  • You can easily share your work with others, whether it’s with your writing group or your publisher, without worrying about formatting issues.
  • It’s compatible with a wide range of file types, including Microsoft Word documents, making it easy to import and export your work.

So, what are you waiting for? Give Google Docs a try for your writing projects. And to make things even easier for you, I’ve created a manuscript and outline template that’s compatible with Google Docs. You can find the link in the description below.

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