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Some of the best applications for writing, planning & plotting your novel[Feature]
Nov. is National Novel-Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for (almost) shorth. NunoWriMo is the yearly effort of many ten thousand readers to get this novel out of their minds and into the clouds of their choosing. Aim is to create a 50,000-word novel by 30 November and you can get there with reasonable means or wrong.
It' must be a novel, it must be 50,000 words (or more) long, and it must be composed in November. Get the inspiring and persistent writing skills you need most to create your novel with NazoWriMo. Fortunately, applications can help you with both. Here is the ultimate guidebook for Mac and iOS based applications of NazoWriMo.
You can' t bring this novel out into the realm with the help of these applications. The funniest thing for some is to write a novel or a script. However, the applications in this section make it an entertaining rather than a task to collect and collect your input.
They are subdivided into different groups - personalities, plotting, settings and even parts of words (need an eventsverb? There is a listver?). The best part is that you can put everything you find in the schedules on your own memo to keep for later, and this can be sent by email - great for mailing to Evernote, for example.
They may not always relate to it, but if you need to recall whether your character murdered his first woman or his second woman (or was it his longtime mistress?), or if you are looking for a place to keep all the note you wrote in your notepad on the long solitary evenings you spend alone in a half a whiskey cafe.
Design is also by Agile Tortoise, the creator of Phraseology, and is less a full-fledged typing instrument and more a way to write down and then spread notions. They can open the text in just about any application or directly attach it to a drop box, an already exists drop box or Evernote, SimpleNote, Omnifocus, as well as write kit and so on.
Designs should already be in the cradle of your iDevice, but to quickly capture your volatile thoughts, it's perfect. The Evernote is a great place for you to collect your thoughts, research and notations. It is a free app and web services that saves your comments, whether they are text, web pages or images.
While the billions of applications that work with Evernote are outside the framework of this NaNoWriMo app item, they are noteworthy because they allow you to submit information from almost anywhere. Like almost all document-based applications of the iOS, Dropbox can be exported to Evernote.
Would you rather make your memos on pen? You can then use Evernote to rescan them and have them perform OCR (optical mark recognition), making them scans. Browse your hand-written memos. It' free, but when you buy, you get a much quicker way to capture your captured memos, plus more space, plus you can store your memos in the Evernote iPhone applications off-line (free accountholders need to be on-line to be able to access their memos).
The Index Card is really for scriptwriters, but it works great for any type of stories that need to be organized. Or you can apply color captions (with customisable names), synchronise with dropbox, and use long text boxes to either fill in your scene or type the whole script/novel.
The best part is that the tab is synchronized with Scrivener, with the order of the sequences and memos on the maps. Associate, enlarge, reduce and move memos with arrow keys and line. Yes, this app should probably have come to iPad first, but there you are.
You can also use Scrivener in the betas in almost any file size, but if you have Scrivener on your Mac, you can simply pull a memo from Scapple and put it on your project's list/corkboard. Mind mappings on iPad are especially good because you can move around the music and knots with your hands before eventually adding them to a useful dropdown menu. iThoughts is my favourite because it uses hotkeys and provides a wide range of exports possibilities.
Shortcut keys on an iPad that you ask? Once you're done, you can save your idea in good old text, PDF, images or - best of all - OPML. Write on a MacBook Air, a large old iMac or iPad?
It' a simple app writer, not a text editor. They are all good - just choose the app you find most convenient or inviting. Scrivener is designed for typing, unlike Microsoft World, which was originally designed to convert words into a print-ready outfit.
For this purpose, it splits your font into scrivening, text fragments, the chapter of a novel, or parts of an item (like this one). You can move these unformatted scrivening files around as memos on a corkboard, or combine them as you please as you battle with your storyline.
Folded text can be used both for planning and for the composition of a novel. While it uses pure text, and you can open its filenames in any other editors (if you tell them to disregard its non-TXT filename extension), there are many additional features on top of it. In the 0 release, folded text has two great assistants for novelists: Timer and To-Do-Listen.
You can also unfold entire paragraphs by pleating text or concentrate on just one paragraph of the text, and you can also use @tags to apply filters. You can use them to split a scene into parts and mark the appearance of a character, location or important MacGuffin while you are writing, which saves you a great deal of work.
UsLysses is a great, full-featured text processing application from Soulmen, the creator of Daedalus Touch for the iPad. It' also way too chic to be used as a pen. The new utilysses is a basic, easy markdown text creator and - in the latest version - quite functionally bound.
However, if you like to write in Markdown, you could do a whole hell of a hell of a lot more than trying out this naked but handsome edit. Include above this "structure" and bookmarks browse (essentially a way to quickly jump to paragraphs from a drop-down list) and you have almost everything you need to increase your word count.
Agile Tortoise, the people behind Drag's and the author's terminology, makes it easy to write and use. Does all the common things you would have expected in 2012 - Markdown assistance (and preview) and "Open in...." assistance for submitting to other applications - but it does add a few other nice things, one of which I think is inimitable.
Another clean feature (besides living vocabulary and counting characters) is the Inspektor, which gives you all types of mad statistics about your document: breaking down words by typ (number of words, words adjective, etc.), words per phrase, syllables per phrase, Gunning Fog Index (?!), Voight-Kampff-Skala (joke) and much more.
No Dropbox or iCloud is currently being used. And if you use phraseology in your entire novel, that's no big deal. Till you lost your ePad and all your work with it. A Daedelus Touch is an iPhone text publisher that claims to be a pile of endlessly long pages.
You can synchronize a batch of papers as a Dropbox folders (so you can move back and forth with other applications). Write on to resume your project or insert a new name to make it a new one. The easiest and probably best looking way to split a work between your Mac and iPad.
With you there, you can keep typing where you stopped on your iPad. The Byword Markdown Wizard is a markdown utility that allows you to apply formats to pure text before you preview or export with all italic and phone-format. While you can also see a number of words at the bottom of the page and synchronize with dropbox, Byword's strong point is iCloud synchronization and ease of use.
It' a simple text/markdown text and text editing tool with dropbox functionality and is perfectly suited for simultaneous use. It can also browse your instantaper or ready later items (very convenient for novelists), and submit them to just about any application you have, and directly to certain service providers such as Evernote and OmniFocus.
It is also possible to display a number of words and characters from the text file exported-dialogue. It is also rugged. Not only do a few applications help you make your typing quicker and simpler, they also give you the assurance that even if your text editing software crashed, your computer exploded or your home burned down, your valuable script is secure.
However, even an ignorant like me can see that the 25-minute work and five-minute pause technique is a good way for novel writers to get a good flow of fresh air and the cerebral fluids, uh, juiced every half hours. Although it looks good, it can' t necessarily be too crashing - not what you want when you're trying to do it.
Not marked for write. Yes, many applications have a previewer so you can see what your markdown text will look like when it' s imported to HTML or RTF or whatever, but Marked, from Terpstra is offering this and a heap more. Next, it features a real-time verb counting, and you can adjust the display to just about anything you like.
Or you can save the text so that you can create and save a markdown from any application that can enter text, and - here's the lush, gold bonuses with sugars on top - you can display some weird statistics about your work. Apart from the more regular numbers, you can visualise the legibility values and even make useless words, repetitive words or hyperlinks that you have inserted highlighted (this is less useful to the author, I guess).
Even more useful is the possibility to display and search section headings and go directly to a section from the dropdown menu, and there is a concealed twist for Scrivener- Marked compiles its previews from your currently chosen section in Scrivener. Last but not least, a tip: Place a directory on the symbol of the marked application and a thumbnail of the most recently processed document is displayed as well.
Both the adhesive that will hold most of these other applications together and the chute that will rescue your butt if you loose your job. Dropdropbox is an app and a feature. It is the de facto filesystem on your Mac. You can also browse to all files in your drop box folders.
It not only synchronizes everything smoothly between the machines, but also records the changes to each individual document (the amount of this log varies depending on whether you are paying or not). So if you accidentally overwrite a section or remove a deleted section, you can go back to an earlier one.
You even have one more weeks to choose the app you want and fill up with coffees and cakes.