The Novel Factory’s key features and functions are split into sections, which are loosely grouped as follows:
- The Roadmap
- Planning and Structure
- Premise and Synopses
- Plot Manager
- Subplot Manager
- Your Manuscript
- Supporting Data
The Roadmap contains a step by step guide to writing a novel. This consists of guidance articles, videos and a checklist for you to mark off your progress through the steps.
Planning and Structure
Includes sections: Premise and Synopses, Plot Manager and Subplot Manager.
This group of sections contains a range of tools to help you get a high level overview of your novel, including a premise breakdown, drag and drop index cards and a more detailed drag and drop grid tool to allow you to keep track of subplots.
This is the word processor, where you write your actual novel.
Includes sections: Characters, Locations and Items.
The first three sections in the ‘supporting data’ group all work very similarly: characters, locations and items. For each of these, when you add one (a character, or a location, etc) it create a card, which you can then open up for more detail.
Notes works slightly differently, and is more freeform, allowing you to add, shuffle around and organise your notes on a board.
This shows you graphs to keep track of your progress and the structure of your novel.