So those of you who read my blog will know I am writing another novel. For those of you who don’t know about it, I am participating in a YA novel summer writing challenge where I hope to have my first draft completed by September. I am proud to say all 6,250 words of chapter 1 are done and I hope to start chapter 2 tomorrow. I have taken a completely new approach to writing this novel. I have actually planned it and I am making a major attempt to be more structured and organised.
I used to write all my stories using good old pen and paper and then transfer them to the computer after. During this time I would fill loads of notebooks with writing and if I were working on a longer piece such as a novel I would write character descriptions, names and notes about scenes in the backs of these notebooks so I could go to them easily if I needed to. Now I type my stories directly to the computer but for some reason every novel still gets its own notebook or at least section of a notebook for me to make those all important notations. This being the year 2011 I was sure there was a better way but I hadn’t quite discovered it yet.
Then a few weeks ago Kristi Bernard posted a link for a software program called Storybook on her blog The Neophyte Writer, entitled Storybook Software for Writers. I was curious because the software claimed to be a way to manage characters, scenes, chapters, locations and even develop ideas. I book marked the page but never downloaded it.
Then I figured with my fresh new start (both the novel and my new more organised approach to writing) I would give it a try. I have since downloaded and began to use it. It has been brilliant for storing data about characters, settings and even important objects.
I think this is certainly worth a try for most writers.
Excellent! Thank you Billie Jo, you posted this at a perfect time as I am about to start a new WIP and have been dreading doing the old way (similar to your notebook method) as it has always created various levels of dissatisfaction and frustration. I am downloading now and can’t wait to try it!
Glad I could help! Let me know what you think of it. So far it has been great for me.
These programs do help! I use PageFour, and find it does help with organization. Best of Luck!
Thanks Selena! So far I am really pleased. Perhaps I will try PageFour for the next one and then do a comparison between the two.
This is wonderful. I have started planning out my next book as well with this software. I must say, so far so good. It is really easy to use. Thanks.
Thank you! I am finding it really useful too.
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Thanks, I will try it Billie Jo, I’ve been wondering about these kinds of programs and wanted to do a post asking others which they use, if any.
I’m going to check Storybook out.
I really have found it useful but I have not tried any of the others out yet to compare it to.
Thanks, Billie Jo and Kristi, I am downloading it as we speak. I too have been doing it the old-fashioned way. Since, I am in the middle of a trilogy, the notes I am accumulating are massive, not to mention the backstory to the first novel. Also, since it’s fantasy fiction, I have to remember the fantasy details of life in this newly created world. I too have actually been dreading getting back at it because of all the memory stuff involved.
If this Story software can help keep all this organized, I may name my first-born daughter after you. Billie Jo Kristi has a nice ring to it. Oh, wait! I already have a daughter named Laurie lol. Oh well, next lifetime 😛
You are welcome! I hope it helps you. I have loved using it so far. I can only imagine the number of trees this software might save.
I applaud anyone who still uses the pen and paper! I don’t think it matters how much we use a pc for writing, the humble pen and paper is always there and I find I still use it to make notes. I checked out the Storybook software, it wasn’t bad at all, though I still find MS OneNote easier and more flexible to work with.
Thanks for your input. I think perhaps I will do a comparison post someday with all the different software/applications for writers out there.
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