May 17, 2014

What is Wordstar?

I saw in an article that George R. R. Martin uses the Wordstar word processor to write the Games of Thrones books (I know, I know, it’s actually the Song of Ice and Fire, just sticking with common usage). I remember using WordPerfect and preferring it to Word, but I don’t recall ever using Wordstar. Is there a version of it that is still available?

In addition to all of the advantages mentioned by LolaBelle, it should be mentioned that WordStar has a special mode of operation which eliminates all formating. That makes it ideal for composing source code.

Lola has a good answer for what WordStar is, but if you need information on how to use it you can find a lot of books on Amazon that cover all the basics. It really is a fossil of a program, but some people do swear by it.


Wordstar is an ancient word processor made originally for CP/M OS (Remember that one? Me neither.) and later for use with either early Windows (Windows 2.0) or DOS. It’s archaic, but like most old word processors before everything was point and click, it can be very fast to use once you have learned all of the commands. Like other archaic things, it has its fans, and I’m sure there will be more of them now that it has been revealed that George R.R. Martin uses Wordstar. You can find original copies on ebay sometimes. As far as I know, the company is long gone 


There is actually a semi-operational Wordstar website that can answer more questions that I can. http://www.wordstar.org/ 

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