An Overview of the Sections

The Novel Factory’s key features and functions are split into sections, which are loosely grouped as follows:

  • The Roadmap
    • The Roadmap
  • Planning and Structure
    • Premise and Synopses
    • Plot Manager
    • Subplot Manager
  • Your Manuscript
  • Supporting Data
    • Characters
    • Locations
    • Items
    • Notes
  • Statistics

The Roadmap

The Roadmap contains articles, videos and a checklist for you to mark off your progress through the steps.

Planning and Structure

This section 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.

Your Manuscript

This is the word processor, where you write your actual novel.

Supporting Data

The first three sections in ‘supporting data’ 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.

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