The Plot Manager works like a corkboard or white board, where you can add index cards or sticky notes which describe key parts of your plot, then shuffle them around.
This can be useful for planning a novel before writing it, or for easily rearranging scenes of an existing draft.
In this post we’ll look at:
- Index Cards
- Plot Templates
- Related Info
- How the Plot Manager interacts with other sections
The core of the plot manager is the index cards.
Add an index card
You can add an index card to the board by clicking the green button that says ‘Add Index Card’.
Edit an index card
To edit an index card, click on the context menu, and click ‘Edit’.
You will now be able to edit the card’s title and description. When you are finished, click the ‘save’ button.
Drag and drop index cards to rearrange them
You can shuffle the index cards around by dragging and dropping, using the grabber icon (four arrows pointing up, down, left right).
Note – you can actually drag a card by clicking anywhere in the header section, not only the grabber.
Delete an index card
To delete an index card, click the context menu button in the top right corner of the card, then click ‘delete’.
Jump straight to an index card’s corresponding scene
Every time you create an index card, it creates a corresponding scene in the manuscript section. You can jump straight to that scene by clicking the context menu and then clicking ‘open scene’.
Rather than creating your index cards from scratch – the Novel Factory offers a range of plot templates based on popular genres, to help launch your story from the starting blocks.
Selecting a template
In the Plot Manager section, click the green button: ‘Add Plot Template’.
This will call up a popup, which will give you nine popular genre plot templates to choose from.
If you click on one of the options, it will give you more information about that template, and the beats that are included in it.
Browse the plot templates until you find the one best suited to your novel. Click ‘Use this Plot Template’.
The app will generate a series of index cards for you – one for each beat of the Plot Template. Each of the cards will also include extra details about what you might expect to find in that beat of the plot.
You can then play around with the template, adding extra index cards, changing the text on them and shuffling around by following the instructions described above.
You can organise your index cards into chapter.
There are two ways to add chapers:
Clicking – add chapter
How the Plot Manager interacts with other sections