Bela Lampert

Optioned Screenwriter / Yoga Instructor

The Real Cost Of Writing Software

The Real Cost Of Writing Software

When it comes to writing software prices, what happens most of the time that people compare apples to pears.

There are a couple of things you need to take into consideration if you want to find out the real price of the software you have or the one you’re thinking about buying.

And I’m not only talking about the price tag that shows on the website of the vendor.

You also need to think about the following:
– How much does the software help you (in terms of: how much time does it save you)?
– Are you paying for things you don’t need?
– How often are there updates?
– Are you going to need those updates?
– If it’s a subscription model: how long do you intend to use the software? Forever? Are there lifetime subscriptions?
– How often do you tend to switch software packages?
– Does the software/license come for the operating systems that you need?
– Are you maybe going to switch operating systems some time in the future and will you have to buy a new license then?

Now, these are all valid points what usually are forgotten when you consider buying writing software.

And, granted, it’s impossible to know all of them beforehand.

But still, it’s a good list of things to think about apart from just what the number says next to the dollar sign on the website.

But …

There’s something else to think about, that may have an even greater impact than all the arguments above.

Because, often people are looking for free software, because they want to save money. Which is a valid argument in many cases. Maybe you’re just starting out and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on software, just to find out that maybe creative writing isn’t for you.

I get it.

But, you also need to take into account the time you need to learn to handle the software.

Because that time is time you don’t have to write.

So, what good does it do to have a free or cheap software when you need to spend a huge amount on learning to handle the thing.

An example:

A lot of people use Scrivener. Me too. It’s a great software for what it wants to be (my personal opinion), but it’s not for everyone.

However, for what it can do, it’s really cheap, compared to other packages.


If you really want to use it at full potential, you’re going to have a learning curve. And there are many Scrivener courses out there that are really expensive.

You need to take those costs into account as well!

Because if you decide to learn the software on your own (which is a perfectly fine way of doing it, I learned most of it by just reading the manual, quite frankly), what you invest instead of money is your time.

Time that you don’t have to write.

And one other thing:

What if you switch software after some time? Are you going to buy another expensive course? Just do the math and see what it’s going to cost you!


In order to get around that, I’ve created the Writer’s Territory Course Platform with tutorial videos about different writing software packages at your fingertips at a really low price.

So, you don’t have to spend a lot on training time and money wise and you can use your time to write!