The Novel Factory

Novel Writing Software for Web and Windows

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Finish the novel you’ve been dreaming of...

Writing a novel is a daunting task, but with the right tools, you can simplify the process of finishing your manuscript and get your story into the hands of your readers.

When you finally get the time to write, the last thing you want to do is waste it by hunting down your novel’s notes.

Did you write down that great idea from yesterday in a notebook?

Maybe in a notes app.

But which one?

How are you supposed to stay focused if you can’t stay organized?

And let’s face the facts; the writers that can focus are the writers that finish their novels.

That’s where The Novel Factory writing software comes in.

With Novel Factory, you won’t ever have to hunt down that stray scrap paper you jotted notes on again. Take your novel from idea to manuscript all in one organized and easy to use place.

But you aren’t just getting a digital file cabinet. Novel Factory has specialized software tools that will help you flesh out your characters, give life to your world-building, and keep your reader interested in every scene.


Here’s what you get inside The Novel Factory...

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Organization for all of your novel’s notes in one place

Save time and avoid hunting down paper notes and trying to keep digital file folders organized. The Novel Factory offers clear, prominent structures for notes on everything from plot, to characters, to locations, and so much more.

The ability to write anywhere, on any device

Access the web version of The Novel Factory anywhere you have an internet connection. You can write on your laptop on the train to work, peek at character notes on lunch on your work computer, and jot down ideas from your phone as you unwind back at home. No matter the type of computer you have, the web version allows you to login online, and all your drafts and notes will be at your fingertips.

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A guide through every step of the novel-writing process

The Roadmap feature is an optional step-by-step guide to writing a novel that takes you from premise to final manuscript and beyond. It draws on tried and tested storytelling methods that are used in best-selling novels and blockbuster movies.

“Most of all I liked the help dialogues - they were truly helpful! Excellent guidance.”

A planner to help you develop your plot

The planning section takes a systematic approach to building a strong plot from basic building blocks. It includes plot templates for popular genres to get you started.

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“It looks like a really inviting and intuitive program.”

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Tools to keep track of individual plot points

The subplot manager allows you to create columns for plot threads, themes, items, and characters and cross-reference notes with particular scenes. Drag and drop these plot points to effortlessly reorganize parts of your plot.

Organization of all of your novel’s scenes

Split your novel into scenes that can shuffle with a simple click and then drag them where you want them to go. You can enter, edit, and view key information relating to each scene and even link characters and locations to a given scene.

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“I love the level of details I can jam into the character sheets.”

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A handy overview of your notes while you write

As you write you will have any notes you need available to you. In an info panel on the right of your draft you can view linked characters, locations, the scene synopsis, plot points and other notes.

Different ways to view your scenes

You can choose to view your scenes in different ways, either as cards, subplot manager, or table view.

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"Hi, just a quick note to say how much I love the software. I've tried a few, this just works best for my brain."

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An in-depth character management tool

Keep all of your characters organized together to see them all at a glance or open their individual tabs and view their detailed character profiles. These profiles can be used to include everything you need about your characters, including their basic info, character questionnaires, background, their voice, and more. The character profile is designed to make your job creating deep characters as simple as possible.

Tools to make your characters feel real

The character details section offers a wealth of prompts and information about creating memorable, three-dimensional characters. It includes space to flesh out character motivation, that character’s archetype, their physical description, and much more.

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“The software so far has helped my idea grow, and has inspired me and opened up new paths with the guide it has provided.”

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Character creation centered on their point-of-view

The Novel Factory encourages you to experience your novel through the eyes of each of your main characters. This adds depth, texture, and realism to the plot and characters.

Manage your stories’ locations all in one place

The Locations tab allows you to write down details for all of your novel's settings, including multiple images to spark your inspiration. It encourages you to consider all of the senses in your descriptions to build a truly immersive story world.

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“It is very straight-forward, clear in design with few distractions."

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Images for your characters and world to inspire you

You’re not limited to adding a single image to characters and locations; add as many as you like and view them in the gallery or in full.

A super simple user experience

Don’t waste any time when you first start using The Novel Factory, learning all the ins and outs. Unlike some other writing programs out there, The Novel Factory is completely intuitive from the first time you open it. One user even said: “Your seven-year-old kid could use it.”

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All your Works-In-Progress in one place

The web version of The Novel Factory keeps all your data together, so you can easily swap between different novels you’re working on. It also allows you to save “snapshots” of your novel at any time for later reference.


“Just hit 50,000 words of my first novel - delighted :) All thanks to The Novel Factory software.”

The ability to go back in time

With the “Turn Back Time” feature, you can view automatically saved previous versions of your draft at any time. Write fearlessly, knowing you have a previous save ready to go.

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“Luckily, Novel Factory generates backups! It was a lifesaver for me.”

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Export your work to wherever you need

You can export your manuscript and notes to word, excel, or a plain text format. You can even export certain data, like your subplots, to Excel.

Track your submissions

The Submissions tab allows you to track all of your submissions to agents or self-publishing websites.

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Track your statistics

The Statistics tab allows you to keep track of your word count and your writing rate. You can set targets and keep track of your progress. When you set goals, it’s easier to stay motivated on those days where you feel like doing anything else but write.

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What does The Novel Factory Software cost?

The best part about The Novel Factory is that it won’t break the bank. You can start using the powerful organizational novel writing tools The Novel Factory has to offer for just $6.25 a month. (That’s less than a quarter a day.)

You’ll more than likely be paying less for the software that will help you build your novel from scratch, than for the coffee you’ll be drinking while writing.

Take a look at the payment plans here.


Does Novel Factory work on a Mac or Windows?

Both. The online version of the Novel Factory works on any platform with an Internet browser.

Do you provide bug fixes and support for the software?

We do! If there are any fixes needed or problems encountered by our users, we offer full support.

Is the software regularly updated?

Yes! We are constantly working on improvements and new features, which are automatically rolled out every few months.

Is there a desktop version of The Novel Factory?

There is, but it is no longer actively developed and will not be receiving any more updates like the online version does. For more information you can check out the details here.

Try Novel Factory Completely Risk-Free

You don’t need to take our word for it. Try the in-depth novel management tools of The Novel Factory for FREE. Take 30 days, we suggest even creating a calendar reminder, and explore all of what this writing software has to offer. If after those 30 days you aren’t convinced it will make your novel writing easier, you won’t be obligated to buy anything. 

Where do you want to see your novel in a month?

In the next few weeks, are you still going to be hunting down and gathering all of your notes you’ve jotted down about this story idea burning inside you?

Will you still be afraid to get started because you aren’t sure you can tackle the task of finishing a novel?

Or is it finally time to get organized?

Once you get access to The Novel Factory, you can finally get focused. You’ll know exactly where you left off every time you come back to write with all of your notes in one place.

With The Novel Factory, your characters will be fleshed out, immersive, and something that resonates with your readers. You’ll be cruising through each chapter you write, confident that your locations, characters, and scenes are all organized in one place.

And you will finally be on your way to finishing the novel of your dreams.

Take the next step in your writing career, and try The Novel Factory for free for 30 days.

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