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A writing application that lets you focus on your words

free and open source

Version 3 is finally here!

New features, new technology, new platforms

Night mode. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux. More flexible Assets. More configurable interface. Revamped Options.
See the version changes for more details.
"I will finish version 3 before the heat death of the universe." - The Quoll Responsible for Getting it Done

Focus on your words, not the interface

Quoll Writer is a writing application that helps you focus on your words

  • Feature rich with a minimal interface, your text is the focus
  • Convert your great ideas into words
  • Manage all your projects in one place
  • The tabbed interface is familiar and easy to use
  • Easy chapter management, move chapters, link them, record goals and a description
"The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress." — Philip Roth

Manage your characters and assets with ease

You're creating a world - keep track of it with Quoll Writer

  • Create characters, locations and more, quickly and easily
  • Create your own types of asset
  • Customize your assets with new fields to record all the information you need
  • Quoll Writer keeps track of where your assets are mentioned and shows you the references
"The road to hell is paved with adverbs." — Stephen King

Annotate the text to make management simple

Add scenes, plot outline items and notes to give your text structure and aid manageability

  • Scenes and plot outline items let you keep track of important moments in your story
  • Notes remind you of things to do
  • Special Edit Needed notes let you mark sections of the text that need reworking
"To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard." — Allen Ginsberg

Keep distractions at bay with full screen mode

At the touch of a button enter full screen and focus on writing

  • Highly configurable, set things up the way you like them
  • Set a timer and/or word count to keep you moving
  • Use distraction free mode for that just the text experience
"Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life." — Hunter S. Thompson

Improve the quality of your writing with the Problem Finder

The Problem Finder helps you to identify issues with your writing

  • Highlights problems within the text but it is a guide not an instructor
  • Use configurable rules to help find problems
  • Define your own rules and ignore those you aren't interested in
"I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book." — Roald Dahl

Share your work with Editor Mode

We all need help, Editor Mode makes it easy to send your work to other people

  • Send projects to your editors in a couple of clicks, inviting people to edit for you is as simple as knowing their email address
  • Chat with any of your editors at any time, see who is online, busy or offline
  • Your editors can make comments on your work
  • Make your changes then send an updated version when ready
"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." — Ernest Hemingway

Keep on track with Statistics and Targets

Sometimes, how much can be as important as how good

  • Word count, readability and session charts let you see how your project is progressing over time
  • Set yourself writing targets, maximum word counts and readabilty targets for your chapters
  • Warnings are shown when a maximum target is reached
  • Charts allow you to quickly identify problem chapters
"Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts." — Larry L. King

Record and categorize your ideas

When the "Aha!" moment strikes, Quoll Writer makes it easy to record your inspiration

  • Quickly add new ideas
  • Categorize, sort and easily manage your ideas
  • Rate ideas and convert them to assets or chapters
"I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story." — Tom Clancy

Limber up your writing brain with a Warm-up

Sometimes you need to get ready for the main event and sometimes you just want to explore an idea or flesh out a world

  • Over 300 prompts to choose from or enter your own
  • Set a timer and/or word count to keep you on track
  • Convert to a real project when you're ready
  • Set things up so you always do a warm-up at the start of each session
"Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper." — Ray Bradbury

More great features

(that didn't deserve their own section but are still great)


Import from Microsoft docx files or from your other projects, handy if you are writing another book in a series. Export projects to docx, epub and html.

Integrated spell checker and synonym lookup

Right click for spelling suggestions or find synonyms for a word

Automatic chapter save

Because no one wants to lose work!

Automatic, configurable backups

Because no one want to lose work, yes I know I've already said it, but it's worth repeating!

Global find

Find where a word or phrase is used throughout the project.

Set up the text how you like it

The font, font size, line spacing and text alignment can all be adjusted to how you like it.


Tag objects to group them together.

Configurable interface

Change the interface to fit how you work.


A bit of fun which also serves a serious purpose. Achievements are aimed at helping you get to know Quoll Writer and providing rewards for writing (after all no one else will be doing it).

Interactive tips

When Quoll Writer starts helpful tips (similar to Did you knows in other applications) are shown at the bottom of the window. The tips are interactive and help you find out about Quoll Writer, and of course they can be turned off.

Encrypt your work

Quoll Writer uses strong encryption to protect your projects if desired.


A log is kept of all the actions you perform for a project keeping an audit trail of how you created your book/story.

"For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word." — Catherine Drinker Bowen

Like the sound of Quoll Writer?

free and open source

Want to support Quoll Writer?

Support via Patreon
Support with a donation

Source Code

Quoll Writer is open source, written in Java and released under an Apache 2.0 license. You can find the source at github.

Get the Source Code on Github

Contact Me

Just want to get in touch about Quoll Writer? Or have an issue relating to the Editor Mode service?

Contact Me

Request a new feature

Wanting Quoll Writer to do something new? Let me now. I'd love to hear about it.

Request a new feature


Some useful resources to help with your writing.

Check out the Resources

Report a Bug

Found a problem with Quoll Writer? I need your help to make it the best it can be.

Report a Bug


We all stand on the shoulders of the giants who have come before us and Quoll Writer is no exception. See the list of extensive list of acknowledgments of those who have directly and indirectly aided in Quoll Writer's development.

I'd like to give a special mention to EJ Technologies who have kindly let me have a free license for their excellent install4j - the multi-platform installer builder. Seriously I can't rate it highly enough.

View the Acknowledgements
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