Key Features of The Novel Factory Book Writing Software

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Optional novel writing guide for beginners

The step-by-step guide that’s included as part of the Novel Factory means that you can get started planning and writing your novel right away, and learn all the theory about story structure, plot development, character development, themes, editing and tons more – all while putting it into practice.

Notes automagically organised

No more drowning in piles of paper notes or spending hours organising digital folder structures. The Novel Factory offers a clear obvious structures for noting down information about plot, characters, locations and supporting resources and notes, so everything is effortlessly organised.

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How to write a novel step by step

How to write a novel step by step

The Roadmap is an optional step-by-step guide written by the creators of the Novel Factory. It takes you through a tried and tested process from writing a rock solid premise to developing characters and locations to story beats and goal to decision cycles to drafting, editing and polishing the completed manuscript.

No steep learning curve

Unlike some other writing programs, the Novel Factory requires no long hours of learning how to use it. It’s completely intuitive from the very first time you open it. As one of our users said: ‘Your seven year old kid could use it’.

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

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Plot development

The planning section takes a methodical approach to building a strong plot from basic building blocks.

Character development

Keep all your characters safe in the dedicated Characters tab. You can see an overview of all your characters, or open one of them up to view details. Now includes characterisation, voice, background, archetypes and much more.

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Character Viewpoint Synopses

The Novel Factory encourages you to experience your novel through the eyes of each of your major characters. This adds depth, texture and realism to the plot and characters. The software has special integrated sections specifically for Character Viewpoint Synopses.

Add multiple images

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.

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“I liked the simplicity and easy to navigate structure development.”

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The Locations tab keeps track of all of your locations, allowing you to add images and details of the senses and general description for each one.

Automatic scene generation

Once you’ve written your long synopsis, you have the option to automatically generate scenes directly from it. Adjust where the scene breaks are and hit go – and all your scenes will be created automatically in seconds. Now you can get on with the fun part of writing your first draft…

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The Scenes tab is where the main body of the manuscript lives. You can split your story up into scenes and chapters and get a quick overview. Then, when you open up the details of a given scene, you can enter, edit and view key information with that scene, and associate characters and locations with it. There are also dedicated tabs for multiple drafts, so you can always refer back to earlier drafts if you realise you need something.

Multiple drafts

The Scenes tab allows you to write multiple drafts of your story side by side, helping with referencing and keeping a snapshot for scouring over for gems at a later date.

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

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Export to Word, Richtext and Scrivener

You can export your manuscript and notes to word, or to a plain text format. Now, you can even export to a Scrivener file, which will open up all your scenes, characters and locations in Scrivener for continued working.

Track submissions

There’s a special tab dedicated to keeping track of your submissions to agents or self-publishing websites.

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Targets and 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 whether you’re meeting them or not.

Automated backups

Losing work is one of the most painful experiences of the 1st world. We’ve integrated a backup system that automatically saves a snapshot of your work at frequent intervals to help avoid that frustration.

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